History of Funding for First Class, Alabama's State Funded Pre-k Program
Since 2006, the Alabama School Readiness Alliance (ASRA) has led statewide efforts to advocate for increased funding for First Class, Alabama's state funded pre-k program, so that more four-year-olds have access to high quality, voluntary pre-k.
In 2011, ASRA established a statewide Pre-K Task Force that developed a set of recommendations for expanding First Class Pre-K to reach all four-year-olds on a voluntary basis. In 2012, the Pre-K Task Force released its recommendations to state policy leaders. In 2013, ASRA's Pre-K Task Force and ASRA's network of more than 1,000 grassroots advocates began working to secure those recommendations, which included a ten-year, $125 million increase in First Class Pre-K investments. As a result, the State Legislature approved an increase of $9.4 million for First Class in 2013 and another increase, of $10 million, in 2014. An additonal $105.6 million in state investments will need to be added to First Class Pre-K over the next eight years in order to accomplish the Pre-K Task Force's recommendation of expanding the program to reach all families within a decade-long expansion.
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Source: Alabama Legislative Fiscal Office
Alabama Department of Children's Affairs