Through Pre-K Our Way’s strategic messaging, targeted communication and focused engagement efforts, pre-k expansion has become a statewide priority. Recognized as one of the top legislative priorities in the 2016-2017 legislative sessions, pre-k expansion was part of the 2017 primary and general elections at the local, legislative and gubernatorial levels in debates, candidate platforms and media interviews. Additionally, Pre-K Our Way led the discussion in late 2016 and throughout 2017 for pre-k expansion as an integral part of New Jersey’s school funding formula. Full funding of the school formula – and pre-k expansion – are stated top priorities for Governor Murphy and the new administration.
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!