The New Jersey Department of Education has approved the expansion of preschool programs in the Princeton Public Schools. The district will receive an additional $770,939 to operate the programs.
A new dual language immersion preschool class will be offered at the Community Park School and a new preschool class will be offered in partnership with the YWCA. The school district will also continue to offer preschool classes at Johnson Park Elementary School and Riverside Elementary School.
“Free public preschool is widely recognized as an important path towards closing the achievement gap,” Superintendent Steve Cochrane said in a written statement about the approval. “This is an exciting opportunity for the Princeton Public Schools, and for our entire community. We look forward to opening our new classrooms on the first of October.”
Currently the district operates two preschool classes for general education students at Riverside and Johnson Park School. Beginning Oct. 1, two more preschool classes will be added. A mixed-age, dual-language immersion class will be offered at Community Park School, where students will learn in both Spanish and English. The district is also opening a program for three-year-olds at the YWCA.
“This Spanish-language immersion class at Community Park supports our goal towards bilingualism for all students who enroll in the immersion program,” Cochrane said.
The state budget includes $806 million in preschool education aid for the 2020 fiscal year, with an increase of $68 million for preschool programs, including $20 million for the expansion of high-quality preschool.
More information about preschool openings is available on the Princeton Public Schools website or by calling 609-806-4203.