Pre-K Our Way has testified to Legislative Committees at different hearings every year since 2015. See below for copies of testimony from specific hearings.


New Jersey’s existing pre-k program for 3- and 4-year-old children is a national model for both quality and proven educational results. The problem: this program is only available in 35 school districts. In 2008, the Legislature recognized that expansion of pre-k programs to more districts was an important priority for our children. As the discussion grows about the funding method for public education, the question should not be ending the high-quality pre-k programs, but how to expand them to reach more New Jersey children. Read more below.

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Testimonies from Pre-K Our Way, Advocates for Children of New Jersey, United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, United Way of Central New Jersey, and NJ YMCA State Alliance.

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Testimonies included are those of Brian Maher, Cecilia Zalkind of Advocates for Children of New Jersey and Lynda Anderson-Towns, recently retired Superintendent and Principal of the Woodbine School District in Cape May County. Additional testimony came from Ruth Lopez Piatt, a Vineland private-provider of New Jersey’s high-quality preschool program and Pre-K Our Way panelist and supporter; Steven Barnett, Ph.D. from National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) at Rutgers University; Superintendent of Schools Rocco Tomazic and Kindergarten Teacher Randee Mandelbaum from Freehold Boro; Janellen Duffy from Pre-K Our Way Advocate organization JerseyCAN; Chief of Police James Abbott representing West Orange and Fight Crime: Invest in Kids; and other advocates in support of pre-k. Additionally, Pre-K Our Way’s advocate organization and United Way Alliance member United Way of Northern New Jersey provided testimony.

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