Senator Gopal Lauds Governor’s Second Round of Funding of $27 Million in Preschool Expansion Aid to 33 School Districts

Governor Phil Murphy today announced a second round of state funding to create or expand preschool programs in 33 school districts – marking the first time those communities have received state aid for preschool. The $26.9 million in Preschool Education Expansion Aid (PEEA) ensures that 2,320 children will start 2019 in a high-quality preschool classroom.

“I was pleased to see the Governor’s funding announcement for the Preschool Education Expansion Aid today,” said Senator Vin Gopal.

“It’s clear that preschool provides a strong foundation for a child’s future academic and economic success. Therefore, expanding access to preschool in low-income communities throughout the state will not only improve the lives of the youth enrolled, but it will strengthen all of New Jersey for the future. In the coming years, I hope we can do even more to improve our early childhood development programming.”

Governor Murphy announced the second round of PEEA funding during a visit today to the Woodmere Elementary School in Eatontown, which received $314,175 in state funding that allows 30 three- and four-year-old children from Eatontown to attend a high-quality preschool program.

“Expanding early childhood education is among the smartest investments we can make for the future of our state,” said Governor Phil Murphy. “Providing children with access to high-quality education is a vital component of building a stronger and fairer New Jersey where children and families can thrive.

“A child’s earliest years are a critical time during which rapid brain development occurs. These milestones inform their cognition, health and behavior throughout life,” said Education Commissioner Lamont O. Repollet. “Expanding and investing in preschool education is vitally important for the development of childhood education. Early childhood education provides the readiness skills they need for their academic career and prepares them for challenges beyond the classroom.”

Key elements of a high-quality preschool include limited class sizes of 15 children who are taught by a certified teacher and an aid; a transition to full-day programs; and is inclusive of special-needs children with an individualized education program.

This second round of PEEA funding follows an announcement made by Governor Murphy in September 2018 that allocated $20.6 million in PEEA to expand existing preschool programs for more than 2,000 children in another 31 school districts.

Districts that were awarded round 2 PEEA funding include:





County

District

Preschool Education Expansion Aid Funding

Atlantic

Northfield City

$951,030

Bergen

Bergenfield

$391,410

Bergen

Teaneck

$1.2 million

Bergen

Bogota

$684,540

Bergen

Moonachie

$326,175

Burlington

Maple Shade

$1.2 million

Burlington

North Hanover

$1.8 million

Camden

Collingswood

$678,327

Camden

Oaklyn

$437,426

Camden

Waterford

$2 million

Camden

Runnemede

$570,555

Cape May

Ocean City

$257,040

Cumberland

Stow Creek

$86,597

Cumberland

Greenwich

$86,597

Cumberland

Hopewell

$371,130

Gloucester

Mantua

$1.6 million

Gloucester

West Deptford

$1.2 million

Middlesex

North Brunswick

$928,808

Middlesex

South River

$683,640

Monmouth

Eatontown

$314,175

Monmouth

Lake Como

$72,225

Monmouth

Neptune City

$120,375

Morris

Boonton Township

$475,668

Ocean

Brick

$690,965

Ocean

Barnegat

$4.3 million

Salem

Pennsville

$692,725

Sussex

Newton

$867,954

Sussex

Ogdensburg

$281,952

Sussex

Franklin

$349,492

Union

Roselle Park

$515,463

Union

Union Township

$2.3 million

Warren

Washington Borough

$250,800

Warren

Belvedere

$188,100

 


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