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). Since 2006, the Alabama School Readiness Alliance has led statewide efforts to advocate for the expansion of FIrst Class Pre-K. In the current 2018-2019 school year, 32 percent of all four-year-olds in Alabama are served by the program in 1045 classrooms across the state.

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
2018-2019 $  95,962,050 1045
 

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