STAFFORD - Recently, the Stafford Township School District was awarded a $1.2 million grant for their preschool program. The district expects a total of 117 full-day preschool students. 

New Jerseys Department of Education awarded $20.6 million in Preschool Education Expansion Aid to 31 school districts around the state.  This opens more than 800 new seats in preschool classrooms across NJ. 

The funding was based on the number of low-income students in the district to support existing programs by extending hours, decreasing class sizes and opening additional slots.

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“The PEEA grant allows the district to enhance our preschool program by adding four additional preschool classes, reducing class size, providing transportation for all preschool students and tuition-free preschool for the residents of Stafford Township,” Superintendent George Chidiac said in a letter to parents about the grant. 

The program begins on October 1.