Below is the Insider NJ Morning Intelligence Briefing for 6/11/2019:
SPONSOR MESSAGE: (Pre-K Our Way)
Establishing and maintaining pre-k expansion’s hard-won place as a statewide priority is vitally important to the future of our state’s 3- and 4-year-olds. In his recent Budget Address, Governor Murphy continued New Jersey’s commitment to pre-k expansion and proposed more funding for it – $68 million. Governor Murphy, Senator Sweeney and Speaker Coughlin all support New Jersey’s high-quality, state-funded, full-day pre-k. In his recent Budget Address, the governor stated that “…together, we are fundamentally redefining public education with greater access to pre-k…”. That’s right! New Jersey’s state-funded, full-day pre-k is a model for other states and major cities; our state has one of the highest quality public pre-k programs in the country. Until October 2017, only 35 of New Jersey’s hundreds of school districts provided it to their children. Today – thanks to early legislative leadership and recent funding by the Murphy Administration – there are 110+ school districts providing NJ’s pre-k to thousands more 3- and 4-year-olds! State funded, full-day pre-k provides an important opportunity and critical foundation for New Jersey’s youngest – and their working families. New Jersey’s been expanding pre-k. The governor’s budget wants more funding. Hundreds of communities, tens of thousands of kids, are waiting. It’s time to significantly fund pre-k expansion – NOW!