Effective Systems

Committed to Reform: Preschool Expansion Moves Forward Despite Financial Obstacles


For more than a decade New Jersey’s schools have served as a national model for providing high-quality early childhood education programs to thousands of low-income children, including an ambitious plan approved by the Legislature two years ago to reach even more 3- and 4-year-olds by September 2013.

But as the realities of the nation’s fiscal crisis hit home last year, educators throughout New Jersey’s schools were forced to work quickly, diligently and often creatively in an effort to ensure economic challenges didn’t derail the state’s successful track record of building a solid educational foundation for our youngest learners.