Senate President Stephen Sweeney
Deputy Speaker John Burzichelli
Assemblyman Adam Taliaferro

South Jersey Times – Three local school districts in the Third Legislative District have been awarded funding to expand Pre-K programs, providing more state resources for the early childhood services that are extremely important for the educational development of young students.

Three school districts in the Third Legislative District were awarded additional state funding for Pre-K:

· Gloucester County’s Glassboro district: $717,664,
· Gloucester County’s National Park district: $214,398
· Salem County’s Mannington district: $226,711

“We know that high quality Pre-K programs are the single best head start we can give to maximize a child’s full academic potential,” said Senate President Steve Sweeney.

“Expanding Pre-K education throughout the state has been a longtime legislative priority. The continued expansion is a reflection of our state’s commitment to the academic success of all New Jersey students.”

Deputy Speaker John Burzichelli said, “This aid is an investment in our future. Pre-K is an important stepping stone in a child’s cognitive development which needs special attention and greater investment.

“Our children will benefit immensely from the enhanced learning environment provided by this funding, and it will ensure that our children have the best resources available to receive a quality education.” The funding comes from the New Jersey Department of Education’s Preschool Education Aid program, which was included in the state budget, approved by the Legislature and signed by the governor.

“Early childhood education is one of the best things you can do to improve the academic success of school children,” said Assemblyman Adam Taliaferro. “It provides a foundation that will serve them for the breadth of their education and it will have a measurable benefit in all aspects of their future.

“This stronger foundation means a stronger launching pad for our young minds to grow, learn and succeed.”

District Offices

Gloucester County

Kingsway Commons
935 Kings Highway, Suite 400
West Deptford, NJ 08086
Phone: (856) 251-9801
Fax: (856) 251-9752


Salem/Cumberland Counties

The Finlaw Building
199 East Broadway, Suite G
Salem, NJ 08079
Phone: (856) 339-0808 or
             (856) 455-1011
Fax: (856) 339-9626