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#PreK4AL

School is back in session! Show your excitement for the first day of pre-k by sharing your photo with us via Facebook and/or Twitter using the hashtag #PreK4AL. Click here to download our FREE printable sign! This year, a total of 11,000 four-year-olds will learn and grow in Alabama's First Class Pre-K program! That's 3,600 more students than last year, due to the $10 million in increased state investments and a federal Preschool Development Grant. YOU advocated for pre-k expansion, and your law...

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Legislature finalizes 2015-16 pre-k funding increase; Governor announces new sites

You did it, pre-k advocates! Today, the Alabama Legislature gave final passage to an Education Trust Fund budget for 2015-16 that includes a $10 million increase for Alabama's high-quality, voluntary First Class Pre-K program. The new total level of funding for First Class will be $48.5 million and access is projected to grow from 13 percent to approximately 19 percent of four-year-olds this fall. Within hours of receiving the budget from the Legislature, Governor Bentley announced 202 new First...

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High-quality pre-k: An ounce of prevention that is worth a pound of cure (AL.com guest opinion)

AL.com Guest Opinion by Mike Luce Co-Chair, ASRA Pre-K Task Force Vice Chairman, Harbert Management CorporationClick here to read on AL.com Earlier this week the State Senate Committee on Finance & Taxation Education approved a $13.5 million increase for Alabama's First Class Pre-Kindergarten program in Senate Bill 179, the 2015-16 Education Trust Fund appropriations bill. As a business leader that knows the importance of investing early to improve student outcomes and our future workforce,...

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VIDEO: Senate Committee approves $13.5 million increase for First Class Pre-K

On April 8, 2015, the Alabama Senate Finance and Taxation Education Committee improved upon the Governor's budget request and approved a $13.5 million increase for First Class Pre-K in Senate Bill 179. The bill now heads to the Senate floor.Click here to watch a video of Committee Chairman Senator Trip Pittman sharing why he and the committee chose to prioritize pre-k.Click here to email your State Senator and ask him or her to approve SB 179 as-is, with the $13.5 million increase for First Clas...

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AL.com: Demand growing for Alabama's voluntary pre-k, funding might grow too

By Erin Edgemon, AL.com April 4, 2015Click here to read on AL.com Every weekday, Orange Beach mom Jeanna Bulman or her husband, Chris, drive 30 minutes from their home, passing two elementary schools and crossing a toll bridge to take their oldest son to an Alabama pre-k class in north Foley. They do it because they want their son, Jon Thomas, now 5, to be prepared for kindergarten in the fall. They also do it because Orange Beach doesn't have a pre-k program. "For once, Alabama is No. 1 for som...

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