ROSELLE, N.J. -- Pre-K Our Way, a nonprofit, statewide effort that helps New Jersey’s communities bring high-quality pre-k to their children will be co-hosting two local community meetings with United Way of Greater Union County (UWGUC) and their Women’s Leadership Council. The first meeting will be on Monday, May 9 from 6-8 p.m. at the Anthony Amalfe Community Center located at 1268 Shaffer Avenue in Roselle. The second meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 21 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. at the JFK Community Center (Rahway Family Success Center) located at 796 E. Hazelwood Avenue in Rahway.

Both of these meetings will provide community members, parents, family members, United Way members, local elected officials, providers, educators, and business leaders opportunities to learn how they can use Pre-K Our Way to expand preschool access for three- and four-year olds to more communities throughout the state as well as to learn how to get involved in the community-led movement.
 
New Jersey has one of the most successful and high-quality public preschool programs in the country. However, fewer than 40 communities have New Jersey’s existing, high-quality public preschool program. Pre-K Our Way believes that where a child lives shouldn’t determine whether or not they have access to pre-k. An expansion of preschool under New Jersey law could bring high-quality, public programs to the Union County communities of Rahway, Hillside, Linden, Roselle, and Winfield Township.

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United Way of Greater Union County's goal is to improve lives and change conditions in its community by strengthening families, because strong families are the foundation of a strong community. UWGUC works to ensure that children in Union County begin school ready to learn by supporting efforts to help students experience academic success so they can graduate from high school on time and continue to succeed as young adults.
 
WHAT: Local community meeting to learn about how to expand preschool access to New Jersey’s three- and four-year olds, and how you can get involved.
 
WHO: Pre-K Our Way and community members including, but not limited to: parents, family members, United Way members, local elected officials, providers, educators, community business leaders and more.

MEETING 1 

WHEN: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Monday, May 9, 2016 

WHERE: Anthony Amalfe Community Center, 1268 Shaffer Avenue, Roselle
 
MEETING 2 

WHEN: 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 21, 2016 

WHERE: JFK Community Center (Rahway Family Success Center), 796 E. Hazelwood Avenue, Rahway
 
REGISTRATION FOR EITHER MEETING:  Those interested in attending either meeting may register at https://prekourway.org/local-community-meetings/ 

Pre-K Our Way, a nonpartisan and nonprofit community-based organization, coordinated through a diverse group of business leaders, parents, foundations, early childhood educators, community leaders interested citizens and elected officials, engages communities on expanding NJ’s existing high-quality public preschool for their children. Visit our website at www.prekourway.org for more information.