New Jersey has a unique opportunity to realize a PK-3 vision. In its recent policy brief, Inside and Out: Developing an Advocacy Strategy for NJ’s PK3 Agenda, the Association for Children of New Jersey (ACNJ) identifies steps that the state and key educational stakeholders must take to plan for Prekindergarten expansion and to connect that expansion with PreK-3rd approaches in schools throughout the state.
The brief also advocates for a strong state infrastructure that supports the development of successful PreK-3rd approaches.
Such PreK-3rd approaches must include coordination of learning environments across grades, and school district policies that support principal leadership to provide common learning time for teachers. State support for technical assistance and guidance is also essential.