Measure would expand full-day preschool programs for 3- and 4-year-olds to over 100 districts
(CLIFTON) — Assembly Higher Education Committee Chairwoman Mila M. Jasey (D-Essex), Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-Hudson), Assembly Regulated Professions Committee Chairman Thomas P. Giblin (D-Essex) and Assemblywoman Betty Lou DeCroce (R-Morris) issued a multimedia package Tuesday of excerpts from a news conference at which they unveiled bipartisan legislation to expand New Jersey’s public preschool program to more school districts.
Currently, less than 40 school districts in the state provide publicly funded preschool programs for three- and four-year-olds, despite the 2008 School Funding Reform Act calling for expansion to over 100 districts.
The bipartisan legislation unveiled today (A-2572) would provide for the expansion of full-day preschool programs in additional districts, to meet the goals of the 2008 reform.
The announcement news conference was held at Clifton Elementary School #17 and included members of the administration, faculty members, teachers, parents, and a special performance by a 4-year-old preschool class.
The multimedia package consists of a video of excerpts from the news conference and audio of same.
The audio file is available upon request.