Murphy boosts N.J. pre-K education with $20 million in aid for 31 districts

Schools in Bellmawr, Lindenwold and Woodlynne will share in the funds.

Mark Abrams
September 18, 2018 - 3:49 pm

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TRENTON, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — Gov. Phil Murphy announced on Tuesday the distribution of more than $20 million to expand preschool programs in 31 school districts, including several in South Jersey.

Schools in Bellmawr, Lindenwold and Woodlynne in Camden County are among those to share in the funds, all part of the governor's budget and the legislature's backing for a boost in preschool programs.

During an event at Columbus Elementary School in Carteret in Middlesex County, Murphy extolled the benefits of pre-K education.

"Children who are a part of a high-quality pre-K program start on a path to higher achievement," he said. "Studies show that the benefits of pre-K follow children throughout their education and across their lives." 

Murphy noted that the ongoing investment to expand and improve preschool programs pays big dividends.

"A dollar invested in a kid in a pre-K environment yields $7 of economic benefit to that kid over the course of their lives," he added.

Murphy said the latest distribution should impact the lives of some 2,000 pre-K students.