(South River) – Members of the New Jersey 18th Legislative District, Senator Patrick Diegnan (D-South Plainfield), Assemblywoman Nancy Pinkin (D-East Brunswick), and Assemblyman Robert Karabinchak (D-Edison) announced an award of $683,640 for the South River Public School District to expand their ability to start a Pre-Kindergarten program.

“Early childhood education is critical in introducing children to learning environments where they can begin developing the skills necessary to succeed in later education. I look forward to seeing the South River School District take full advantage of these state resources to help achieve that goal,” stated Senator Diegnan.

This second round of Pre-School Education Expansion Aid (PEEA) funding follows an announcement made by Governor Murphy in September 2018 that allocated $20.6 million in PEEA to expand existing preschool programs for more than 2,000 children in another 31 school districts. In this second round of expanded funding approximately $27 million will be distributed to 33 school districts, which serve over 2,300 3 and 4-year olds. To qualify for funding, districts needed to have at least 20-percent of its students receiving free or reduced lunch. PEEA has now funded 64 school districts and helped more than 4,400 preschoolers in the state.

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Assemblyman Karabinchak praised the award saying, “I’m glad that children in South River will now have access to the same Pre-K curriculum that students in neighboring school districts have. It’s important that we keep fighting for state aid to ensure equal educational opportunity across the 18th District.”

Assemblywoman Pinkin added, “Research has shown that the earlier we invest in our children’s education, the more likely they are to succeed throughout their academic careers. This funding will ensure that more of New Jersey’s young students will have the tools to realize their full potential. We are glad that we were able to bring this opportunity to more families in South River.”