S 698

Establishes Department of Early Childhood.

NJEA supports S-698 (Ruiz,  Beach).  This bill would establish a Department of Early Childhood, and transfer functions from the Department of Education, the Department of Human Services, the Department of Health, and the Department of Children and Families that relate to early childhood to the new department.

Early childhood covers birth to eight years of age.  Early childhood services are spread across four departments.  This can result in fragmented services, resulting in services that are less effective than they could be otherwise.

Consolidating all services within one department will benefit children.

NJEA asks you to support S-698.

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