Early Childhood Education
- Overview of preschool expansion
- List of School Districts and the Estimated Universe of Eligible Preschool Students
- Preschool Expansion Questions and Answers
- Five Year Preschool Program Plan and One Year Enrollment Projections
- SFRA of 2008
- Preschool Teaching and Learning Expectations: Standards of Quality
- NJ Preschool Program Implementation Guidelines
- New Jersey Administrative Code
Years of research and our experiences in the Abbott school districts have shown that high quality preschool for at-risk children is the single most productive step we can take to improve the quality of education in our state. When at-risk children attend high quality preschool, they enter kindergarten more ready to learn. The gap between these children and their more economically privileged classmates is dramatically reduced.
An essential component of the School Funding Reform Act of 2008 is an expansion of high quality preschool to (1) all three- and four-year-olds in District Factor Group (DFG) A and B school districts, (2) to all three- and four-year-olds in DFG C and D school districts with 40% or greater low-income students, and (3) all other low-income three- and four-year-olds in the remaining school districts. This expansion will be phased-in over time.