New Jersey Assembly Republicans

01/10/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 01/10/2019 16:03

Dancer, Clifton welcome state funding for preschool aid for North Hanover

TRENTON, N.J. - Assemblymen Ron Dancer and Rob Clifton today lauded $1.8 million in state preschool expansion aid for North Hanover Township.

Gov. Phil Murphy announced a total of $27 million of aid for 33 school districts. It marks the second round of state funding for the program, but is the first time these districts are receiving aid, including North Hanover in Burlington County.

'This funding is an investment in the future of our children and community,' said Dancer (R-Ocean). 'Overwhelming evidence shows that access to high-quality early childhood programs helps develop the skills young children need for success in school and life.'

More than $20 million of PEEA aid was announced in September 2018 to expand existing preschool programs for more than 2,000 children in another 31 school districts.

'Research shows that children who attend preschool programs are better prepared for kindergarten and beyond than those who don't,' said Clifton (R-Ocean). 'Preschool helps kids develop social skills, perform better in grade school and have better attention spans.'

Preschool education is one of the biggest expenses facing families and is less affordable for low-wage workers.