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Pre-K Our Way is your way to bring preschool to your children and your community. Where a child lives shouldn’t determine whether or not they have access to high-quality preschool. There’s no argument: high-quality preschool is essential for our children to be prepared for school and ready for success. Our state has one of the best, most successful, high-quality public preschool programs in the country—but tens of thousands of 3- and 4-year-olds across hundreds of communities are waiting for it. Expanding New Jersey’s state-funded, full-day pre-k is a priority among parents, communities and policymakers – including the governor, legislative leadership and legislators. Use Pre-K Our Way’s materials to help educate and motivate others.

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Expand NJ's Pre-K

Through Pre-K Our Way’s strategic messaging, targeted communication and focused engagement efforts, pre-k expansion is a statewide priority. With the July 1, 2018 signed state budget, both the governor and NJ's legislative leadership committed to pre-k expansion. The 2018-2019 school year has nearly $83 million in increased funding for pre-k expansion, and the previous year’s state budget had $25 million -- the first funding nearly a decade. In addition, Governor Murphy has been clear about his support for full expansion (and universal pre-k) within four-years as stated in his March 2018 Budget Address.

Pre-K Our Way remains committed to keeping pre-k expansion as a statewide priority – and to securing significantly more funding for pre-k expansion in next year’s state budget. Read how this all happened – and what you can do to bring pre-k expansion to tens of thousands of NJ’s 3- and 4-year-olds across hundreds of communities!

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Pre-K Expansion 2017-2018

For the first time in nearly a decade, there were a few thousand more 3- and 4-year-olds with access to NJ’s high-quality, state-funded, full-day pre-k. October 2, 2017 was the first day of school for some, and others started later that month or in early November 2017. Read links to some of the news stories from individual pre-k expansion communities!

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About Pre-K Our Way

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

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Help Bring Pre-K Our Way

Expanding New Jersey’s pre-k program has become a bipartisan priority in New Jersey. Pre-K Our Way is your way to bring preschool to your children and your community.

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Local Community Choice

Pre-K Our Way explains how each community can bring preschool to their community and make it theirs.

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Monthly Newsletters

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

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April 9, 2017: Former Governors Tom Kean and Jim Florio Op-Ed on the Importance of Pre-K Expansion

"In 2008, the Legislature and governor included a provision in the state school aid formula law to expand New Jersey’s state-funded, high-quality pre-K to nearly every community in the state. It was never funded. If funded, 50,000 additional three-and four-year-old children, each year, would be attending the pre-K programs. It is past time to begin state funding for this critical educational investment. Our youngest citizens are our state’s future. No matter where they live or what district they reside, our kids’ educational achievement should rise above politics."

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What Pre-K Means to Kids

Pre-K Our Way asked third-graders to weigh in on their ideas about pre-k, what they remembered, and how it made a difference in their lives. Our sample isn’t scientific, but it is enlightening!

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State Chamber Support for Pre-K

The New Jersey Chamber of Commerce announced its support for the expansion of New Jersey’s high-quality, pre-k education so it is available to every 3- and 4-year-old in 100-plus school districts.

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Star-Ledger Editorial Board August 2016

New Jersey's state preschool program is widely recognized as one of the best pre-k programs in the country. Read what the Star-Ledger Editorial Board has said about NJ's pre-k.

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Archive: Materials and documents used prior to June 30, 2018

Materials and documents used prior to June 30, 2018.

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