New Jersey will get $10.6 million in federal funding for a new initiative from the Murphy administration, the NJ Preschool Development Collaboration. According to an announcement from the governor’s office, under the initiative, the state will evaluate its current early childhood education programs with a goal of making the transition from early educational programs to elementary school easier for kids.
The program will focus on giving children “the tools they need to achieve their greatest potential,” Gov. Phil Murphy said in a press release.
The move appears to be part of the governor’s wider efforts to expand access to pre-kindergarten. This past September he announced the first round of pre-k expansion money: $20.6 million to expand classes in 31 eligible districts across the state.
The money for the NJ Preschool Development Collaboration was awarded to the state through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Preschool Development Grant.