By CBSNewYork Team

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.

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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.

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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.

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Expected funds from the Biden administration’s infrastructure package will help speed up the process, according to Murphy.

CBSNewYork Team