We’ve produced a short video that takes viewers inside one of Alabama’s high-quality First Class Pre-K classrooms. It highlights why Alabama First Class Pre-K has been recognized as the nation’s highest quality pre-k program for ten years in a row (and counting!). Watch below.
Despite research that confirms that Alabama's First Class Pre-K graduates are more prepared for kindergarten than their peers, three out of every four four-year-olds in the state are still unable to participate in the program due to a lack of funding.
Nearly every school, church and child care center that provides First Class pre-k in the state tells us they have long waiting lists of interested families who want to enroll their child. That’s why we need your help.
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Pre-K is Working in Alabama
- Alabama's First Class Pre-K program is working, but only one out of every four four-year-olds in our state has the opportunity to attend due to limited state funding.
- A study by the Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama (PARCA) followed students through sixth grade and found that those who participated in Alabama's First Class Pre-K program consistently outperformed their peers in reading and math.
PARCA also found that First Class Pre-K closed the achievement gap for participating low-income students by 25 percent.
The Benefits of Pre-K Far Outweigh the Costs
The short and long-term benefits of high-quality pre-k are documented by hundreds of studies conducted over the past 50 years. This impressive body of research finds that children that attend high-quality pre-k are more likely to enter kindergarten ready to learn, read at grade level by third grade, graduate from high school and go on to college. (Source: Committee for Economic Development, 2009.)
Economists estimate that every $1 invested in high-quality pre-k saves taxpayers between $2 and $17 later on by reducing the need for remedial and special education, welfare, and social and criminal justice services. (Source: Pre-K Now, 2007.)
Alabama’s High-Quality, Voluntary First Class Pre-K Program
For 10 years, Alabama’s voluntary First Class Pre-K program has been ranked #1 in the country for its quality by the National Institute for Early Education Research.
The Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education administers First Class Pre-K by providing and monitoring grants to support quality pre-k classrooms in a variety of settings.