BAYONNE, NJ – September 12, 2017 - Dr. Michael A. Wanko, Superintendent of Schools; Joseph T. Broderick, Board of Education President; and Monica Flynn, Director of Early Childhood Education are pleased to announce that the Bayonne school district has been awarded additional funding by the New Jersey Department of Education to increase access to high-quality preschool education for the 2017-2018 school year. Funding through the Preschool Education Expansion Aid (PEEA) grant will allow the Bayonne school district to provide tuition free full-day preschool to 65 preschool children in the 2017-2018 school year beginning on November 1, 2017. Currently, the district serves 19 preschool students at the Nicholas Oresko School on a tuition basis. The PEEA grant will award the Bayonne School District an initial award of $770,982. 

The new tuition free full-day preschool classrooms will be opened in Henry E. Harris School, Lincoln Community School, Philip G. Vroom School, Washington Community School and Midtown Community School. All locations will provide a high quality preschool experience led by a New Jersey certified teacher, implementing the state approved High Scope curriculum. As per the requirements of the PEEA funding, all full-day classrooms will be free of charge and be limited to 15 children. 

Monica Flynn, the Director of Early Childhood "looks forward to this dynamic expansion of the District's full-day Pre-K program that the PEEC funding allows. The training and technical assistance that I have received from the State concerning PEEC will be put to good use here. This expansion will benefit our children and our community, and I am grateful for the opportunity to play a role in such an important step for our District." 

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Dr. Michael A. Wanko, Interim Superintendent, praised Mrs. Monica Flynn, Early Childhood Education Director for spearheading the initiative which had an aggressive time line for submission of grant applications. “We only were notified on August 2nd of the August 21st due date of the PEEA Grant. Mrs. Flynn and Mr. Matt Bouldin, our Accountant attended a workshop on August 8th to obtain the particulars on the application process. I then established a committee and we worked around the clock to complete the necessary information for submission to the NJDOE, said Dr. Wanko.” 

Parents interested in placing their child in a full-day classroom will be able to register online at or in person at the Bayonne Board of Education, 669 Avenue A, Door #3. 

 Online registration will be open from midnight Saturday 10/14/17 through midnight Tuesday 10/17/17. 

 In person registration will take place Monday 10/16/17 from 4:00 P.M.-7:00 P.M. & Tuesday 10/17/17 from 4:00 P.M.-7:00 P.M. at the Bayonne Board of Education Board Meeting Room. 

Once registration is complete a lottery will be held to determine which children will be chosen for each full-day classroom. Selected students will be placed in schools based on their verified address until class in such school reaches program required limit (15); any assignments thereafter will be based on availability. 

For more information, please visit our website or 

call our Early Childhood Department at 201-858-5919