New Jersey Department of Education

Cary Booker

Assistant Commissioner - Early Childhood

Cary A. Booker is the Assistant Commissioner for the Division of Early Childhood at the New Jersey Department of Education.  This division includes the offices of Preschool Education and Kindergarten to Third Grade. The Division also houses the federal Head Start program and the Governor’s Council for Young Children. In this position, Mr. Booker will oversee the priorities of Governor Murphy and Commissioner Repollet in supervising the Birth through 3rd Education initiatives that include universal preschool.

Working collaboratively within the NJDOE and other state agencies, the Division of Early Childhood manages the social, emotional, physical, and academic development of New Jersey’s youngest learners.  The division also provides leadership, resources, and professional development to support high quality, educational curricula. 

Mr. Booker has worked  in the education field for close to 30 years.   Before joining the NJDOE, he served in high-level positions at various institutions. He served as associate dean of academic affairs and director of The Academic Foundations Center/Educational Opportunity Fund Program at Rutgers University, Newark and assistant dean of academic affairs at LeMoyne-Owen College in Memphis, TN, vice president of Omni Schools also in Memphis, TN. 

Most recently, he has served as a Senior Policy Advisor for Governor Murphy.  In this role, he developed and supported the implementation of state policy related to early childhood education, K-12 education, higher education and workforce development.    Mr. Booker also served as an advisor to the governor and related commissioners on policy development and implementation strategy. 

Mr. Booker completed his doctoral coursework in social psychology at The University of Texas and earned a Bachelor of Arts from Amherst College in Massachusetts. 


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