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Building Powerful Pre-K

May 30, 2017

In a presentation to the New Jersey School Boards Association, NIEER Co-Director Ellen Frede, discussed why children need powerful pre-K, why they don’t already receive it and how to change that. Dr. Frede identified these key challenges for New Jersey:

  • State funding for pre-K is limited to a small number of districts
  • NJ serves 29% at 4 & 20% at 3;  Head Start and special education still don’t reach 40 percent
  • State support for continuous improvement is limited to even fewer districts
  • NJ needs to align and integrate child care, Head Start, pre-K, pre-K sp. Ed. and K-3