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.
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 will be starting throughout the month and into early November.
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 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.