SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ — South Brunswick’s preschool expansion program will begin on Jan. 17, 2023 ,for currently enrolled students.
Back in November, the district announced it was awarded $2 million by the state to run a full-day preschool program for 3-and-4-year-olds. More: $2M For South Brunswick Schools To Run Full-Day Preschool Program
“Our proposed plan to the NJDOE is to serve close to 800 preschool students over the next 5 years,” Superintendent Scott Feder told the community in a letter. “The additional students will gradually be added to our preschool program every year.”
The school district’s long-term plan will include partnering with local licensed childcare centers to help expand quality preschool for community students.
Families of 3-and 4-year-old children, that are not currently enrolled in the preschool program, can expect additional seats to be available, Feder said.
Families can submit names for a “lottery” that will take place after Feb. 1, 2023. Click here for the form.
“Priority will be made to serve the neediest of students in the community with free, full-day preschool services,” Feder said.
In September, the state announced $26 million to expand access to preschools in some school districts. The state funding comes as experts say New Jersey lacks enough access to quality, affordable child care — an issue the pandemic worsened.
Many New Jersey residents live in childcare deserts — areas without enough access to affordable, quality childcare — according to childcaredeserts.org’s map.