BRIDGEWATER — Another New Jersey school district has voted to add a free, full day kindergarten program.

On Election Day, Bridgewater-Raritan Regional voters supported the referendum 53% to 47%, according to unofficial results.

Bridgewater (Google Maps)
Bridgewater (Google Maps)

In the regional district serving more than 8,000 students, the vote count on Wednesday was 6,619 to 5,832.

As with all election results statewide, absentee ballots were still being counted.

Of the district's 11 schools, seven already are elementary schools.

Raritan (Google Maps)
Raritan (Google Maps)

Westfield, Cranford, Chatham, Haddonfield and Moorestown were among the last handful of school districts in NJ that have not added full-day kindergarten at no extra cost to eligible residents.

Meanwhile, a growing number of school districts have begun offering full-day preschool programs.

With a recent round of $25 million in state funding, pre-K has been added in more than 260 public districts — all of those already offer full-day kindergarten.

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More New Jersey school districts than ever have begun to offer preschool programs. The following communities have free, full-day pre-K, thanks in part to state funding.

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