High-quality early childhood education is proven to dramatically improve a child’s opportunities for a better future—particularly children from low-income families. If we, as a nation, want to ensure all children have access to high-quality early learning, there must be strong support and partnerships from federal government to extend the reach or fill in the gaps of state efforts and innovation.
This fact sheet provides an abbreviated overview of state- and federally-funded early childhood opportunities in New Jersey, which serve more than 350,000 children and families.
“Research shows that high-quality, evidence-based early education benefits children, families, and communities. In fact, studies have shown a seven to ten dollar return on investment for every dollar spent on high-quality prekindergarten because of reductions in remedial education, juvenile delinquency, and teen pregnancy, and an increase in workforce readiness.” – Representative Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ)
“By investing in early childhood education, we are making a long-term investment in the next generation… Every child deserves the opportunity to have access to quality pre-K programs and this funding will provide our children with the tools and support they need to reach their greatest potential.” – Governor Phil Murphy (D-NJ)