Monthly Newsletters

Want to stay up to date with Pre-K Our Way activities and announcements? Our monthly newsletters share the latest updates and information to help you bring expanded preschool access to more of New Jersey’s 3- to 4-year-olds.

Fall 2018

After more than a decade, this is the first school year with pre-k expansion as a priority in New Jersey! Consider this: only two years ago, there were 35 communities with state-funded, full-day pre-k. Last school year, a few thousand additional 3- and 4-year-olds in another 26 communities received that opportunity. This year - after two rounds of awards, one announced in late August and another this week - there are now more than 100 communities with access to NJ's pre-k. There's more to do, but this is an important moment for NJ's 3- and 4-year-olds, and for our state! Two groups of pre-k expansion districts in one school year has never happened - until now!

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Summer 2018

Yes, pre-k is a priority in New Jersey! The new state budget has nearly $83 million in pre-k expansion funding for the 2018-2019 school year. The New Jersey Department of Education (NJ DOE) has already announced the application process - and deadlines - for the use of $25 million of that funding for NEW expansion districts in the coming school year. Because of what we've done together, be proud that some of the 50,000 3- and 4-year-olds who have been waiting will be attending pre-k in just a few months. Working together, we made that happen. Take a few minutes to celebrate, accept thanks - and find out what's next!

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May 2018

NJ reached the end of May and observed the first holiday weekend of summer 2018. Kids, families, teachers and school personnel are within weeks of the end of the school year. However, if you're one of 50,000 3- and 4-year-olds in our state, you're ending yet another year of waiting for access to NJ's full-day, state-funded pre-k. Let's change that!

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April 2018

April 2018 celebrated NJ's pre-k: present, past - and future! This month delivered not only the usual showers (and yet more snow), but the heart of budget season in Trenton and support for significant funding for pre-k expansion proposed in Governor Murphy's first budget. Throughout the month, Pre-K Our Way shared a consistent message on behalf of the 50,000 3- and 4-year-olds waiting every year for the pre-k promised to them a decade ago: We're ready for pre-k!

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March 2018

Governor Murphy used his first Budget Message to include significant funding for pre-k expansion! This represents another important step towards the full-funding of the 2008 law that calls for availability of state-funded, full-day, high-quality pre-k programs across our state - and for the 50,000 3- and 4-year-olds every year as promised a decade ago.

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February 2018

New Jersey is less than two weeks away from March 13 and Governor Murphy's Budget Address. The message Expand NJ's Pre-K NOW! has been consistently delivered and widely shared - before, during and since the inauguration and inaugural celebrations. Speaking of celebrations, the 26 pre-k expansion districts continue to celebrate pre-k expansion in their communities. But remember, the funding is for just this one year. To help spread the word of their success and need for continued funding, we have new stories and pictures to share from them! Finally, our Community Communication Meeting on March 22 is still accepting registrations, but the March 21 meeting is officially waitlisted. There are many people ready to Expand NJ's Pre-K NOW!

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January 2018

Governor Murphy believes our state "can't create a stronger tomorrow without making smart investments today." One of those investments is pre-k expansion for 50,000 kids - and for hundreds of communities across our state. Both the governor and his Commissioner of Education-designee, Dr. Lamont Repollet, say "education is pre-k to 12" and Governor Murphy "wants pre-k available to all as soon as possible." We agree with the governor: fully funding our schools means fully-funding pre-k. We also agree with 50,000 NJ kids, "Expand NJ's Pre-K NOW!"

January 2018 is the start of NOW...

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December 2017

As 2017 comes to a close, let's celebrate! At least one of the recent expansion communities held a winter concert, and we have pictures of those 60+ preschoolers to share. Pre-k expansion had the first funding in nearly a decade. A total of 26 communities received funding to provide access to nearly 2,000 children.

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November 2017

Working together, we've made pre-k a priority in New Jersey! Pre-k expansion was discussed and supported during the gubernatorial, legislative and local elections throughout Election 2017! As the final vote was cast on Tuesday night, we entered the next phase of Pre-K Our Way's Campaign for Pre-K Expansion: candidates won; now it's time for 50,000 kids to win! Let's congratulate the winners, and continue to congratulate and celebrate more of the 26 districts recently awarded state funding for pre-k expansion. 2018 - and the first budget of governor-elect Murphy - are just around the corner. We have lots more to do!

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October 2017

We're only part way through October, but there's already lots of news....with more to come in the next few weeks! Many of the 26 districts recently awarded pre-k expansion funding opened new classrooms - and celebrated - to mark the first pre-k expansion in nearly a decade. We have pictures and quotes from some of the pre-k expansion communities spread across NJ! While these few thousand preschoolers started school, Pre-K Our Way's Fall 2017 ad campaign moved closer to Election Day - and more expansion under a new governor in 2018. Unique videos highlighted individual benefits of NJ's pre-k - and the 50,000 3- and 4-year-olds still waiting across hundreds of communities. As a pre-Halloween treat, there's one more video to preview in ads next week....

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September 2017

The 2017 calendar is officially transitioning into Fall 2017, and some of New Jersey's 3- and 4-year-olds have reason for excitement. For the first time in nearly a decade, New Jersey is funding pre-k expansion ... but for only a few thousand children.

Also happening this Fall: Pre-K Our Way's Campaign for Pre-K Expansion returns for NJ's gubernatorial general election. Through November 7, we're featuring statewide advertising, social media placement, consistent messaging, and one call for action. Together, let's move the gubernatorial election discussions - and the next governor - to fund pre-k expansion in the first budget of a new administration in 2018. Let the candidates for governor know that you want pre-k - because 50,000 3- and 4-year-olds are still waiting!

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August 2017

Summer in NJ should mean at least a few lazy vacation days. That's why the banner with our message - Expand NJ Pre-K Now, 50,000 NJ Kids are Waiting - flies every weekend from Cape May to Sandy Hook! The $25 million for pre-k expansion in this year's state budget remains a reason to celebrate - but there's much more to do. Yes, it was the first funding in nearly a decade and an important initial step in the ultimate goal: funding in the first budget of a new governor in 2018. Next step: make that goal a reality! To make that happen, Pre-K Our Way is getting ready for September and beyond. Together, we need to keep pre-k expansion as a priority in our state, and have pre-k be part of the discussions throughout the upcoming elections for governor and legislature. After all, 50,000 NJ kids are waiting!

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July 2017

New Jersey celebrated Independence Day on July 4 - and also the first significant pre-k expansion funding in nearly a decade! Pre-k is on NJ's agenda and is a priority in Trenton. Pre-k expansion was included as part of the discussion on school funding! You did it - but there's more to do........

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June 2017

The 2017 General Election is officially underway, and support for pre-k expansion definitely is part of the
discussion! Throughout the coming months and into 2018, Pre-K Our Way's focus remains clear and unchanged: making pre-k expansion part of the gubernatorial and legislative election discussions, and having funding for it included in the first budget of the new governor in 2018.

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May 2017

Last week began the month of May, the traditional time every four years when New Jersey focuses on the upcoming gubernatorial election. The first debates are on May 9, with the Primary Election Day set for June 6. This year, pre-k expansion is part of the NJ gubernatorial discussion! Read this month's newsletter to learn about the upcoming election, our supporters, and new pre-k study and more.

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Spring 2017

Pre-K Our Way delivers on the promise of a robust Spring 2017! Targeted ads reached into hundreds of communities via cable TV and online sites, multiple Community Communication meetings attracted attendees from nearly every legislative district, testimony before State Senate and Assembly legislative committees shared the message that one of our highest priorities as a state should be the availability of quality pre-k programs for all of our children - and messaging across social media and numerous websites highlighted the community and county-speci c numbers of kids waiting each year for pre-k. Last but not least, two former governors joined in a Star-Ledger op-ed to ask the Legislature and Governor to address the need for high-quality preschool in New Jersey.

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March 2017

Spring is (almost) here! The burst of a new season saw the Governor and Legislature renewing focus on correction of some inequities in the existing state aid formula. Pre-K Our Way believes that there is no more important educational investment we can make than to expand our state's existing, successful, high-quality pre-k program to the 50,000 3- and 4-year-olds waiting every year—since 2008.

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January 2017

As we reach the last day of January, Pre-K Our Way has been somewhat quiet (publicly) but busy planning an especially robust next several months of 2017!

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December 2016

Pre-K Our Way's focus in 2017 is inclusion of pre-k expansion as part of the 2017 gubernatorial and legislative election discussions and debates, and to make the long-ago promised pre-k expansion part of the agenda of a new administration in 2018.

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November 2016

This past Monday wasn’t just the day before the 2016 Presidential Election—it marked exactly one year until next November 7, 2018: NJ’s 2017 Gubernatorial and Legislative Election Day. Make pre-k expansion part of the 2017 debate and statewide discussion!

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October 2016

As NJ went back to school last month, people from all 21 counties and virtually every community viewed Pre-K Our Way’s new video, online messaging and print ads—and they acted. Read up on progress made in September and what to expect in the coming weeks.

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Fall 2016

50,000 NJ kids are waiting—that's not right. Find out ways to make your voice heard to Expand NJ Pre-K Now.

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July 2016

Preschool expansion: a priority in the New Jersey Legislature's 2016-2017 budget.

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June 2016

As this school year draws to a close, we are reminded of all the children who will be unable to access high-quality preschool in the fall simply because of where they live. This is unfair, and we need our legislators to know that expanding pre-k access in New Jersey should be a priority.

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May 2016

This past month, Fight Crime released a report on the urgency needed for pre-k expansion, and Pre-K Our Way added more local community meetings through May and June.

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April 2016

Pre-K Our Way helped our supporters see the impact of zip code on preschool access, and has continued to co-host and schedule local community meetings in your towns.

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Winter 2016

Legislators are hearing your voices, and the media coverage is echoing your support for expanded pre-k in NJ. In addition, Pre-K Our Way began the local community meeting initiative to bring pre-k to 100+ communities throughout NJ.

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January 2016

Pre-K Our Way will be busy in the upcoming months, from news announcements to co-hosting local community meetings across New Jersey.

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December 2015

As we approach the end of 2015, Pre-K Our Way has busily been recruiting advocates around New Jersey and helping more communities bring pre-k their way.

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November 2015

Increasingly, state legislators across New Jersey are showing support for ensuring kids get a strong start with high-quality pre-k. The issue has garnered bipartisan support as residents become more vocal about their desire to bring pre-k their way.

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October 2015

September wasn’t just time for the kids to go back to school—it was a busy month for NJ residents around the state ready to bring pre-k their way. Catch up on all the info in our monthly newsletter. Learn about our newest advocate organizations, read a recap on the 9/21 State Senate hearing and get tips for how to stay involved in the coming weeks.

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September 2015

What did Pre-K Our Way do this summer? Thanks to your support and support in many communities across New Jersey, you’re helping to expand pre-k for more kids in our state. In addition, we welcomed three different United Way organizations as new Advocates for Pre-K Our Way: United Way of Central Jersey, United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey and United Way of Hunterdon County.

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