DOE Pre-K Wrap-Around Program (formerly known as Abbott Wraparound)
The Abbott preschool program was created with the fifth decision of the landmark Abbott v. Burke school funding case, in which the New Jersey Supreme Court required that all 3- and 4-year-old children in the highest-poverty school districts receive a high-quality preschool education. As a result, all children in 31 school districts are eligible to receive a full-day/full-year pre-k program from teachers certified in early education.
While some of this early education service is provided in the public schools, most of it is subcontracted to local child care centers. A child must be a resident of the city Newark, Irvington, East Orange or Orange and have reached his or her third birthday on or before October 1 to start school in September.
Click here to download a list of the contracted DOE Pre-K programs for 2016 -17 school year.
To contact the Board of Education’s Early Childhood Department directly, call:
East Orange: 973-266-2399
Newark: 973- 733-7333 or 973- 733- 6234
To speak to a Programs for Parents customer relations representative regarding subsidized child care centers in your area or the DOE Pre-K program, call 973- 297-1114.
Please note that Programs for Parents offers this information as a service and does not license, endorse, or recommend any particular program. You should contact and visit several programs to determine which one best fits your family’s needs.