Preschool Spending Out of Control
The Newark Preschool Council “prepares three to five year-olds for kindergarten” at a cost of $12,722 per child. The average cost per high school student in New Jersey is $11,313, the highest average in the nation. We are spending $1,400 more a year to prepare a child for kindergarten than to prepare a child for college or the world of work. Does this make sense? Is it efficient to provide services at 45 sites, with an average of 51 preschoolers per location?
This brings us to another big question - how effective has the Council been in achieving its objectives? Would it surprise you to learn that this agency has been preparing the children of Newark for kindergarten for 40 years? The record would suggest the Newark Preschool Council has failed miserably in its mission.
The Council is currently looking for a new Director of Finance, Chief Financial Officer, perhaps a step in the right direction given the program’s budget deficits. However, we suggest more than a new CFO is needed to save the children and the taxpayers of New Jersey from the Newark Preschool Council boondoggle. The citizens of New Jersey must hold our politicians accountable and demand the immediate overhaul of bloated, failing preschool programs throughout the state. We can not afford to overlook this problem any longer.