Annual Pre-K Funding Appropriations


Alabama's state-funded, voluntary "First Class" Pre-K program began as a small pilot program in the 2000-2001 school year, administered by a newly created Office of School Readiness in the State Department of Children's Affairs (Now called the Department of Early Childhood Education). Today, approximately twenty-five percent of Alabama's four-year-olds are enrolled in the program. Click here to find a First Class Pre-K classroom.

Budget year Amount of State Appropriations for First Class Pre-K in the Office of School Readiness (Dept. of Early Childhood Education) Number of Classrooms
2005-2006 $  4,326,050 57
2006-2007 $  5,369,898 59
2007-2008 $  10,000,000 128
2008-2009 $  15,490,831 185
2009-2010 $  18,376,806 215
2010-2011 $  18,376,806 217
2011-2012 $  17,998,620 217
2012-2013 $  19,087,050 217
2013-2014 $  28,462,050 315
2014-2015 $  38,462,050 410
2015-2016 $  48,462,050 652
2016-2017 $  64,462,050 816
2017-2018 $  77,462,050 938

Source: Alabama Legislative Fiscal Office and Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education.