UNION, NJ – Governor Phil Murphy announced on Thursday a second round of state funding to create or expand preschool programs in 33 school districts, including Union, which is slated to receive over $2m in Preschool Education Expansion Aid (PEEA). 

Union will receive $2,293,150, the second highest award among the 33 districts in 15 counties.  The total amount of funding is $27m.  The Union School District first learned of the award in October 2018.

The funding comes from The New Jersey Department of Education’s Preschool Education Expansion Aid program, which was included in the budget approved by the Legislature and signed by the Governor and is largest increase in Pre-K funding in more than a decade.

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PEEA funding is distributed based on the numbers of low-income students in the district. This funding will support existing preschool programs to provide high-quality programming by extending the hours, decreasing class size, and adding additional children.”

“National studies have shown that publicly funded preschool programs support both school readiness as well as longer educational success,” said Senator Joseph Cryan, who represents Union, in a statement. “The early years are important for the development of structural skills and essential knowledge for children. I applaud Governor Murphy’s decision to award the Township of Union an additional $2.3 million in preschool funding. This was funding I actively supported during the FY 2019 budget process. The continued expansion of Pre-K programs is a top priority of mine.”

“Expanding early childhood education is among the smartest investments we can make for the future of our state,” said Governor Phil Murphy.  “Providing children with access to high-quality education is a vital component of building a stronger and fairer New Jersey where children and families can thrive.”

Districts that were awarded round two PEEA funding include:

County

District

Preschool Education Expansion Aid Funding

Atlantic

Northfield City

$951,030

Bergen

Bergenfield

$391,410

Bergen

Teaneck

$1.2 million

Bergen

Bogota

$684,540

Bergen

Moonachie

$326,175

Burlington

Maple Shade

$1.2 million

Burlington

North Hanover

$1.8 million

Camden

Collingswood

$678,327

Camden

Oaklyn

$437,426

Camden

Waterford

$2 million

Camden

Runnemede

$570,555

Cape May

Ocean City

$257,040

Cumberland

Stow Creek

$86,597

Cumberland

Greenwich

$86,597

Cumberland

Hopewell

$371,130

Gloucester

Mantua

$1.6 million

Gloucester

West Deptford

$1.2 million

Middlesex

North Brunswick

$928,808

Middlesex

South River

$683,640

Monmouth

Eatontown

$314,175

Monmouth

Lake Como

$72,225

Monmouth

Neptune City

$120,375

Morris

Boonton Township

$475,668

Ocean

Brick

$690,965

Ocean

Barnegat

$4.3 million

Salem

Pennsville

$692,725

Sussex

Newton

$867,954

Sussex

Ogdensburg

$281,952

Sussex

Franklin

$349,492

Union

Roselle Park

$515,463

Union

Union Township

$2.3 million

Warren

Washington Borough

$250,800

Warren

Belvedere

$188,100

 
Editor's Note:  In the interest of transparency, TAPinto Union's owner/publisher, Kathy Cryan, is married to State Senator Joe Cryan.