Change Indicator

Students enrolled in state-funded preschool in New Jersey

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Why This Indicator Matters

For nearly 20 years, thousands of 3- and 4-year-olds in New Jersey’s poorest communities have benefited from a high-quality early learning experience. As part of two New Jersey Supreme Court decisions, the state was required to provide quality preschool in 31 low-income towns so that young children had the best opportunity to succeed in kindergarten and beyond.  Research shows that children who attend quality preschool are more likely to succeed in school and in life.  

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Definition and Source



Number of students enrolled in state-funded preschool. Includes both half- and full-day NJ Department of Education programs, operated both in-district and in community centers. Excludes children enrolled in federally-funded programs that do not receive any state aid.

Data Source

New Jersey Department of Education.


For each school year ending in June of the year indicated.

Data updated 11/3/2022.

Last Updated

November 2022