New Jersey Department of Education

Universal Preschool

High-quality preschool can change the educational trajectories of young children and influence their lifetime achievement and well-being. Improvements in children’s kindergarten readiness lead to increased achievement and school success with such benefits as increased earnings that continue for a lifetime. New Jersey’s former Abbott preschool program is proven effective and regularly highlighted as a model for the nation. For these reasons, Governor Murphy has proposed expansion of full-day, high-quality preschool to all three- and four-year-old children in the state. The Department is committed to fulfillment of this vision through enhanced support for existing programs and increased funding opportunities to expand the program into new districts, with support and partnership from New Jersey’s licensed child care and Head Start providers, and to increase the number of available seats in existing programs. 



Page Last Updated: 12/01/2022

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