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Addiego, Singleton Bill to Allow Child Care Services Access to Public School Property Passes Senate

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Trenton – Legislation sponsored by Senator Dawn Addiego and Senator Troy Singleton, which would permit the use of public schools and school district property for certain child care services for children younger than school age, passed the Senate today.

“With the change in school funding, some districts have taken a budget hit,” said Senator Addiego. “This provides the flexibility for districts impacted to find creative solutions to supplement funding without tapping taxpayers. Allowing them to use available space for childcare is a great way to supplement the district’s budget while still using the space for youth development and education.”

“It is a reality that some school districts in our state have unoccupied space that is not being utilized in the daily school schedule,” said Senator Singleton (D-Burlington). “By allowing licensed child care centers to operate in those schools that happen to have unused space, we are providing an added convenience for parents.”

The bill, S-3330, passed the Senate by a vote of 24-8.