Preschool Expansion Coming to 26 New School Districts!

Posted on October 23, 2023

Governor Murphy just announced 26 New Jersey school districts will receive funding to expand their public preschool programs. The expansion aid will add at least 1,715 new pre-K seats. Click here to read more from Gov. Murphy's news release.

List of 26 school districts benefiting from Preschool Expansion Aid:

Bergen County
Carlstadt: $442,304

Burlington County
Florence: $779,670
Hainesport: $580,560
Medford: $2,110,872

Camden County
Cherry Hill: $3,417,615
Magnolia: $291,060

Cape May County
West Cape May: $166,752

Gloucester County
Elk Township: $1,100,962

Hunterdon County
Clinton-Glen Gardner: $607,248
Clinton Township: $966,030
East Amwell: $520,170
Flemington-Raritan: $1,228,968
Franklin Township: $356,688
Frenchtown: $428,904
Readington: $1,522,410

Middlesex County
Dunellen: $444,180
Highland Park: $559,308

Monmouth County
Oceanport: $513,415

Morris County
Mine Hill: $850,906

Ocean County
Lacey Township: $3,323,279

Sussex County
Hardyston: $654,795
Lafayette: $378,326
Sparta: $1,076,774
Sussex-Wantage: $2,159,064

Union County
Garwood: $195,078

Warren County
Washington Township: $227,792

A strong early care and education system that includes high-quality preschool provides young children with the educational foundation they need to be successful in kindergarten and beyond. For more than 20 years, New Jersey’s nationally recognized preschool program has served thousands of young children throughout the state.

Since 2017, the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) has made significant investments in expanding preschool to additional districts. State-funded preschool is offered in some school districts— but not all. However, that number has been growing. View list of existing districts with expanded public preschool (excluding the recent 26 districts).

In partnership with the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER), we developed a roadmap and advocacy tools as well as facilitated webinars to help bring public preschool to more communities.

If your school district does not offer full-day, public preschool and you want to get involved, start the conversion now because planning takes time. Take a look at the preschool expansion toolkit.

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Let's ask our future lawmakers legislators where they stand when it comes to giving 3- and 4-year-olds a strong start. #NJVotes4Kids

The fight to bring full-day, public preschool  to more communities has been a long road but an increasing number of towns are now benefiting from this early learning opportunity. This November 2023, all seats in the New Jersey Senate and Assembly are up for election. Let's ask our future lawmakers legislators where they stand when it comes to giving 3- and 4-year-olds a strong start.