Palisades Park, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Gov. Phil Murphy made a major announcement about early education Thursday.
He said New Jersey is now on a path to universal pre-K for 3 and 4-year-olds.READ MORE: Protesters Attempt To Storm Entrance Of Barclays Center Over Nets' Refusal To Allow Kyrie Irving To Play Due To NYC Vaccine Mandate
Murphy asked the state’s education department to come up with a plan.
“Education in general, and pre-K in particular, is one of our best opportunities to close the achievement gap for students who come from low-income and disadvantaged communities,” Murphy said.READ MORE: NYPD: Knife Fight Spills Into Midtown Pizzeria, 2 Taken Into Custody
The governor made the announcement at the Dr. Charles Smith Early Childhood Center in Palisades Park, where he also visited a classroom.
The plan, Murphy said, will partner with existing child care centers.MORE NEWS: With Less Than A Week Before NYC's Deadline, Municipal Workers Hold Anti-Vaccine Mandate Rally On Staten Island
Expected funds from the Biden administration’s infrastructure package will help speed up the process, according to Murphy.