Sens. Menendez and Booker Applaud $44.3 Million in Federal Funds for NJ Early Childhood Education

Sens. Menendez and Booker Applaud $44.3 Million in Federal Funds for NJ Early Childhood Education

New Jersey among six states awarded for leading the way with ambitious early learning education reform

Washington DC - US Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) today praised the award to New Jersey by the Department of Education for $44,348,482 through the 2013 Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge grant program. This discretionary grant will help ensure that New Jersey's children, especially Children with high needs, enter kindergarten ready to succeed in school.

"After losing out on this critical federal funding two years ago, this is a major victory for teachers, parents and students across the Garden state," said Senator Menendez. "From ensuring high-quality programs and workforce, to empowering parents to support the development of their children, these investments in early learning and education will help cover some of the costs to continue making progress in implementing comprehensive early learning education reform in New Jersey."

"These grants will expand the number of hard-working New Jersey families that are served by innovative early-learning programs and state-wide efforts to improve school readiness," Booker said. "That's critical, because we know that academic achievement in later years is tied to students being ready to learn when they enter school."

The RTT-ELC program supports states in their systemic efforts to align, coordinate, and improve the quality of existing early learning and development programs across multiple funding streams that support children from birth through age five. The program is jointly administered by The U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Health and Human Service. For more information on the RTT-ELC program visit: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/racetothetop-earlylearningchallenge/

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