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There are 150+ school districts with NJ’s pre-k. Thanks to Governor Murphy and the Legislature, the 2020-2021 school year continued funding for existing districts and their ongoing expanding expansion, – and $10 million for new districts – to reach the total of 150+ districts. The result? Throughout the challenges of COVID-19, pre-k expansion remained a New Jersey priority! The goal for 2021: let’s use 2021 to reach a total of 200+ districts to be funded with NJ’s pre-k! How? Fund substantial pre-k expansion THIS YEAR! 


The commitment to NJ’s pre-k is evident: the Governor and Legislature prioritize state-funded, full-day pre-k for our state and for its working families. This commitment continued throughout the financial challenges of COVID-19. That support was evident earlier in the same year when the NJ Legislature applauded – twice – when the topic of pre-k expansion was included in Governor Murphy’s Annual Budget Address back in February 2020.

The documents below were updated in late Fall 2020 (therefore, they don’t include the announcement in December 2020 re: funding for 10 new districts – and the focus on 110+ eligible districts that are still waiting…..) but will be updated again after the Governor’s State of the State Address in February 2021. However, you can download them now for background information……..

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Expand NJ's Pre-K

From inception, Pre-K Our Way has had a single focus: expansion of New Jersey’s existing high-quality, state-funded, full-day pre-k program. Despite a law passed in 2008, the first funding in nearly a decade occurred in June 2017. Thanks to Governor Murphy and the Legislature, there are now nearly 150 communities with state-funded, full-day pre-k, BUT, approximately 125 eligible school districts still wait…


Local Community Choice

New Jersey has one of the best, most successful and high-quality public preschool programs in the country. It’s successful because the communities that have it are allowed to adapt the program to their individual local community needs by incorporating both public and private providers.


About Pre-K Our Way

Learn more about what Pre-K Our Way is, who is involved and how you can join the effort.


Help Bring Pre-K Our Way

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!


Research and Results

Research from educators, child developmental experts and economists supports what parents know intuitively—quality early learning opportunities are an essential foundation for success in school and life. Results from New Jersey’s existing preschool programs demonstrate improved success for children in school.


Monthly Newsletters

Catch up on Pre-K Our Way’s activities, news and outreach with our monthly newsletters.

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Materials and documents used prior to June 30, 2018.

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