Senators Diane Allen and Tom Kean Jr. issued the following statement about the Governor’s announcement that New Jersey will receive a $44.3 million Race To The Top (RTTT) Early Learning Challenge Grant to provide early learning and development programs for thousands of high needs children throughout the state.
“New Jersey has always been committed to providing quality early learning opportunities for all students,” said Allen (R-Burlington). “This grant will increase early childhood educational services for children throughout the state and give parents the information they need to help their children succeed. This funding will also go a long way to help improve communication among program provides and streamline the curriculum in early childhood education.”
Senator Diane Allen and Republican Leader Senator Tom Kean Jr. wrote a letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in October to endorse New Jersey’s RTTT grant application. The letter was included in the state’s application.
The Race To The Top funding will help implement the New Jersey Early Learning Plan establishing a coordinated system of early education and care. The plan was created through the collaboration of four state agencies – the Departments of Education, Children and Families, Health, and Human Services – as well as the New Jersey Council for Young Children, which includes other public, private, state and local partners.
“Coupled with Governor Christie’s record funding for education, this grant will help make New Jersey a national leader in providing a collaborative and comprehensive high quality system of early childhood education,” said Kean. “Reaching children when they are just starting to learn will go a long way for their futures and the future of our state.”