Good news for young children

Good news for young children:
An additional $25 million was included in this year’s state budget to expand preschool to more of New Jersey’s 3- and 4-year-olds!
The results:

26 school districts throughout the state have received preschool expansion funds! In less than three months, these districts, with help from the NJ Department of Education and research and advocacy organizations, worked  to ensure that more than 2,500 additional 3- and 4-year-olds are benefiting from quality preschool. And some of those programs are already up and running!

But even more preschoolers could have benefited…
At the beginning of October, Governor Christie diverted more than $5 million that he and the Legislature had promised to help preschoolers acquire the skills necessary to be ready for kindergarten and ultimately, achieve academic success.
Clearly, preschool expansion is not a priority to Governor Christie. But what about gubernatorial candidates Kim Guadagno and Phil Murphy?
Ask the candidates where preschool stands on their list of priorities!
• Send a tweet to the gubernatorial candidates!
• Share ACNJ’s infographic highlighting the need to expand high-quality public preschool:

Districts receiving preschool expansion funds:

Bayonne – $770,982
Bradley Beach – $250,378
Carteret – $534,091
Deptford – $1,988,386
Englewood – $1,369,903
Franklin Township – $1,065,078
Hackensack – $189,886
Haledon – $189,765
Hamilton – $237,218
Highlands – $74,697
Hillside – $204,918
Jamesburg – $956,323
Keyport – $335,944
Lakehurst – $460,050
Logan – $608,916
North Plainfield – $1,615,426
Pittsgrove – $1,500,686
Rahway – $2,737,690
Somerville – $298,684
South Amboy – $478,800
Union Beach – $326,750
Ventnor – $659,641
Wharton – $333,387
Wildwood – $361,740
Wildwood Crest – $361,740
Willingboro – $1,472,421

Total aid awarded: $19,383,500

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