BAYONNE, NJ - Up to 585 Bayonne students will potentially access full day pre-k in September thanks to more than $6.7 million in funding from the New Jersey Department of Education. The Bayonne Board of Education received notice of the increased funding, up from $3.4 million last year, following Governor Murphy’s Budget Address on Tuesday.

Saying that “Pre-K access has been linked to improved educational success later in life,” Murphy praised Senator Sandra Cunningham, Assemblyman Nicholas Chiaravalloti, Assemblywoman Angela McKnight, and James Mayor Davis for working with him to put the days of access to pre-k being determined by zip code in the past for Bayonne’s children.

“This is a potential game changer for the City of Bayonne,” Davis said crediting Murphy and Department of Education Commissioner Repollet for making public education a priority.”

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“In the past two years, Bayonne has seen significant increases in funding for our schools. Our dedicated team in Trenton, led by Senator Cunningham, Assemblyman Chiaravalloti and Assemblywoman McKnight, have delivered for Bayonne. On this issue, I know how passionate Nicholas was in assuring that Bayonne be able to provide full-day pre-k in 2019-2020.”

Crediting Chiaravalloti with making receipt of these funds “his top priority,” Dr. Michael Wanko, Interim Superintendent of Bayonne Public Schools said that the District is “excited about the opportunity this offers our parents and children.”

“Data has shown that full-day pre-k impacts a child’s future academic success. Bayonne children now have the same opportunity as other children in New Jersey. Bringing Pre-K for all to Bayonne has been a major goal of mine since joining the Assembly in 2015,” stated Chiaravalloti. “This is about the future of Bayonne. Extended-day preschool has dramatic and lasting effects when it is high quality. I congratulate the staff and leadership at the Board for responding to the challenge and preparing a superior application.”


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