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Booker, Menendez Announce nearly $17.5M in Federal Preschool Development Grants

December 12, 2014
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Cory Booker and Robert Menendez announced the awarding of a combined $17,498,115 in federal preschool development grants, jointly administered by the Departments of Education and Health and Human Services, to expand high-quality preschool programs in high-need communities.

“The funding announced today will provide access to quality preschool programs for thousands of New Jersey children,” said Sen. Booker. “Investment in early education is critical to opening the doors of opportunity to our youth, and to preparing the next generation of American workers to succeed in an increasingly competitive global economy.”

“Every parent wants their child to have the opportunity to reach their full potential,” said Sen. Menendez. “These grants will help fund the development and expansion of high-quality, early education programs in underserved areas of our state and allow each child to achieve their dreams. I believe that education provides each child with the building blocks for success and will continue to fight for funding to make these programs available to all New Jerseyans.”

The following New Jersey communities will share the federal funding being announced today:

Absecon (Atlantic)
Atlantic City (Atlantic)
Bellmawr (Camden)
Berkeley Township (Ocean)
Bound Brook (Somerset)
Clayton (Gloucester)
Clifton (Passaic)
Egg Harbor (Atlantic)
Freehold (Monmouth)
Galloway (Atlantic)
Hamilton Township (Atlantic)
Lakewood (Ocean)
Linden (Union)
Lindenwold (Camden)
Middle Township (Cape May)
Mount Holly (Burlington)
North Bergen (Hudson)
Paulsboro (Gloucester)
Upper Deerfield Township (Cumberland)

The Preschool Development Grants program will lay the groundwork to ensure that more states are ready to participate in the Preschool for All initiative proposed by the Obama Administration. Through these Preschool Development Grant awards, more than 33,000 additional children will be served in high-quality preschool programs that meet high-quality standards in the first year of the program alone.