In 2008, NJ law provided pre-k to 35 school districts but promised to expand pre-k to more communities. The first funding for that promise occurred nearly a decade later – in mid-2017 for the 2017-2018 school year. Additional funding was included in the three budgets to date of the Murphy Administration. Although nearly 150 communities now have NJ’s pre-k, there are tens of thousands of 3- and 4-year-olds across hundreds of communities still waiting for access to NJ’s pre-k. Our goal for the next school year – 2021-2022 – is to have more than 200 districts with state-funded, full-day pre-k!
"We’ve been waiting 10 years…We’re ready for pre-k! Please contact your legislators – for us!” That's the message from NJ's 3- and 4-year-olds. Read more, and let your legislators know: Fund pre-k NOW!
Pamela Hernandez, Principal of John F Kennedy Elementary School and Kristy DeFazio, Early Childhood Supervisor for the Jamesburg Public Schools, welcome Governor Murphy and Acting Commissioner of Education Repollet to the April 9 governor’s press conference on NJ’s pre-k expansion at Jamesburg’s pre-k. Following are links to selected news coverage and the original press release from the Office of the Governor.
Success of NJ's full-day, state-funded pre-k - featuring Vineland Public Schools - appears on recent TV news. New research sheds light on the long term impacts of Pre-K and whether a half or full-day offers more benefits. In Vermont all children get ten hours a week of taxpayer funded Pre-K. CBS' Nikki Battiste visited New Jersey, where the state pays for some toddlers to attend school full-time.
Testimony delivered by Sam Crane
Testimony delivered by Sam Crane
Governor Murphy used his March 13 Budget Message to include $83 million for pre-k expansion in his first state budget. Although additional details will be available in the coming days, the $83 million proposed in the governor’s first budget provides $50 million in new funding for pre-k expansion for more communities. In addition, it continues funding for the pre-k expansion to 26 districts – approximately $32 million -- as provided by the legislative leadership for the 2017-2018 school year.
For the first time in nearly a decade, there are a few thousand more 3- and 4-year-olds with access to NJ’s high-quality, state-funded, full-day pre-k. October 2 was the first day of school for some, and others started later that month or in early November. Read links to some of the news stories from individual pre-k expansion communities!
When it comes to early childhood education, the United States needs to step up. Many developed nations now have more than 90% enrollment in pre-K programs, surpassing the US with just 66% enrollment for 4-year-olds. Rising superpowers are making significant commitments to expand access to early education over the next few years, with China promising to have pre-K for every 4-year-old and most 3-year-olds by 2020.
The State of Preschool 2017 is the 15th edition of NIEER’s annual report tracking state-funded preschool access, resources, and quality. Since 2002, many states have made progress, a few have fallen behind, and a handful have emerged as leaders. As a result, disparities in access to high-quality state-funded preschool have grown over the intervening years.
The students in grades pre-k to second learned with slime, miniature catapults and by assembling battery-powered clocks during activities organized by the Forest Avenue Home and School Association on New Jersey Maker's Day, a celebration of "Maker Culture," held statewide March 24.
We urge state legislators to help our children develop in mind, body, and character so they can succeed in school and in life, including in the military for those who choose to serve.
The number of New Jersey households struggling to make ends, but which do not qualify for federal poverty assistance, has reached 1.3 million and continues to rise, bucking the prevailing narrative of a state and national economy in recovery.
The Houston Chronicle tells TX Gov. Abbott: “NJ has the gold standard in education for 3- and 4-year-olds...the Abbott program worth bragging about hails from New Jersey.”
For the first time in nearly a decade, our state is funding pre-k expansion... but for only a few thousand children. 50,000 3- and 4-year-olds are still waiting. That’s not right. Let the candidates for governor know that YOU want pre-k expansion.
Every year, 50,000 3- and 4-year-olds wait across hundreds of communities—like yours. That’s not right! Our children should already have NJ’s state-funded, full-day pre-k. See just a handful of the hundreds of communities who would benefit from NJ’s high-quality pre-k program.
In 2008, NJ promised to expand pre-k to more communities. 50,000 kids each year are still waiting. That's not right! See if your community meets the five checklist items that indicate whether or not NJ's state funded, full-day pre-k for all 3- and 4-year-olds exists in YOUR community.
Read the latest op-ed from Jim Cawley, President and CEO, of United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey in support of pre-k expansion in New Jersey.
View the assessment one Kindergarten teacher gave to her students to understand the academic readiness that pre-k instills.
The ‘success students enjoy’ from high-quality pre-k extends into the next generation! Nobel Laureate James Heckman’s follow-up of the groundbreaking 1960s Perry study finds “early childhood education resulted in stronger families and significantly contributed to upward mobility in the next generation…”
The NJ Legislature is considering several bills on pre-k expansion. Read about them below, find out Pre-K Our Way’s position on each bill, and learn what happens now.
“Well-designed early childhood education programs address all aspects of the young child’s development, including their social-emotional learning as well as physical development.” Read the latest from NASBE.org.