SJC Receives State Grant for Pre-Kindergarten Program

PATCHOGUE, NY – July 23, 2012 – St. Joseph’s College (SJC) is pleased to announce that it has received a state grant for $560,000 to continue its pre-kindergarten program through a partnership with the Lawrence School District. The College was officially awarded the one-year contract at the district’s Board of Education meeting in early July.

SJC secured the grant through a competitive process in which interested agencies prepare responses to fill Lawrence School District’s initial request for a proposal to obtain funds made available by New York State Legislature. The grant is renewed on an annual basis.

The latest grant in Lawrence is the College’s third successful proposal to attain funding for the Universal Pre-Kindergarten program, following two successful pre-kindergarten initiatives in the Patchogue-Medford and Freeport School Districts.

“The involvement of St. Joseph’s College in these programs demonstrates our belief that early childhood education plays a critical role in the development of children,” said S. Mary Ann Cashin, chair of the Department of Child Study at SJC. “It ensures their success in learning.”

For more information about the Universal Pre-Kindergarten Program at the Lawrence, Freeport or Patchogue-Medford School Districts, call 631.687.1235 or visit

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St. Joseph's College has been dedicated to providing a diverse population of students in the New York metropolitan area with an affordable education rooted in the liberal arts tradition since 1916. Independent and coeducational, the College provides a strong academic and value-oriented education at the undergraduate and graduate levels, aiming to prepare each student for a life characterized by integrity, intellectual and spiritual values, social responsibility, and service. With campuses located in the Clinton Hill area of Brooklyn and in Patchogue, Long Island, the College offers degrees in more than 29 majors, special course offerings and certificates, affiliated and pre-professional programs.

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