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Schools expanding preschool programs in 2019

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L to r: Sayla Hagel,3, of Northfield, Jillian Vinci,4, of Northfield and sisters, Molly,3, and Maggie,4, Corcoran of Egg Harbor Township enjoyed a few books including "Kindergarten Rocks!" read by Vol. Storyteller, Susan Padover of Otto Bruyns Public Library Central Library in Northfield. Preschool Story Hour of young children with a Story Time, Music and Movement and a hands on craft or activity is every Tuesday and Saturday from 11am to 12pm. March 13, 2018 (Craig Matthews / Staff Photographer)

Ocean City and Northfield school districts both announced they will be starting full-day preschool programs after receiving Preschool Education Expansion Aid from New Jersey’s Department of Education.

Ocean City and Northfield will begin offering full-day, general education preschool at Ocean City Primary School and Northfield Community School beginning Jan. 2, 2019.

In Ocean City, the state funding allows the district to provide preschool free-of-charge for in-district families, with spots initially available for 21 children. The program will accommodate children ages 3 and 4 who will begin kindergarten in 2019 or 2020. The application process will give priority to students who demonstrate an economic need and/or are non-native English speakers.

The district will host a Preschool Open House on Tuesday, Oct. 30 from 4-5 p.m. at the Ocean City Primary School. Those who have questions can contact Lauren Gunther, curriculum director, at 609-399-3161, ext. 8747.

After its January opening, the new preschool program will follow the same school schedule as OCSD. The state expects to make PEEA funding available beyond the current school year to maintain and enhance high-quality preschool programs, such as this one, across the state.

The Northfield City School District will offer full-day preschool programs for 4 year old students. Registrations will be accepted through Nov. 7. Registration packets, as well as free and reduced lunch applications may be accessed at www.ncs-nj.org.

Staff Writer

I began covering South Jersey in 2008 after graduating from Rowan University with a degree in journalism. I joined The Press in 2015. In 2013, I was awarded a NJPA award for feature writing as a reporter for The Current of Hamilton Township.

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