Preschool is almost universally available in New Jersey’s Abbott districts, and the results there are impressive. Students there have made great strides in early literacy. Under New Jersey’s school funding law, preschool access was supposed to expand to many more at-risk students. But Gov. Christie, who as a candidate derided preschool as “government-funded babysitting” has slashed funding for preschool expansion, leaving thousands of young children without access to the academic head start they deserve.
NJEA advocates for full funding of the school funding formula so that preschool expansion can get back on track.