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Brick Public Pre-K Parent ‘Lottery’ Meetings Set for Weds., Thurs

An elementary school classroom. (Credit: Kathy Cassidy/ Flickr Creative Commons)

An elementary school classroom. (Credit: Kathy Cassidy/ Flickr Creative Commons)

Brick Township’s public school district will utilize a lottery system to fill seats in the full-day pre-school program, with informational meetings for parents set to be held virtually Wednesday and Thursday. The lottery itself will be held next week.

Registration forms for the information sessions are located in the links for Wednesday’s meetings and Thursday’s meetings. Registration is required, and the information meetings are scheduled to be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. both nights.

The Brick Township district receives state grant funding to offer a public pre-school program to general education students, though the funding limits the number of students who can participate. The pre-school program does not require tuition since it is funded through the state. Children must be three-years-old by Oct. 1, 2023 to participate, and they can not reach age five on or before Oct. 1. Each child receives their own lottery number, meaning siblings who are both in the relevant age group are not guaranteed a seat. The lottery system is governed by state-mandated policies.

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Jennifer Grenger, director of special services for the district, said at a recent Board of Education meeting that registration for the lottery itself will be open from Feb. 27 to March 24, 2023. The lottery results will be drawn in a virtual session live on May 4.

Updated information on the program can be found on the district’s website.

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