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Our new video takes you inside a First Class Pre-K classroom

Weve produced a short video that takes viewers inside one of Alabamas high-quality First Class Pre-K classrooms. It highlights why Alabama First Class Pre-K has been recognized as the nations highest quality pre-k program for ten years in a row (and counting!). 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 lac...

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State Lawmakers Celebrate New First Class Pre-K Grants in Tuscaloosa

More four-year-olds are able to participate in Alabama's high-quality, voluntary First Class Pre-K program than ever before due to an increase in state funding approved by the Alabama Legislature and championed by Governor Bentley. On Monday, October 24, 2016, State Senator Gerald Allen (SD-21) and State Representative Bill Poole (HD-63) participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony welcoming pre-k students at Verner Elementary School in Tuscaloosa. Verner received two new state-funded First Class...

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We're excited!

This year, more than 14,500 four-year-olds will learn and grow in Alabama's First Class Pre-K program. That's an increase of more than 2,800 students over the previous school year! This growth was made possible by a $16 million increase in state investments in First Class Pre-K, approved by the Alabama Legislature and augmented by a federal Preschool Development Grant. Thank you for advocating for pre-k expansion. Your lawmakers heard you loud and clear! If your four-year-old is lucky enough to...

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Ala. Governor Announces New First Class Pre-K Classrooms

Earlier today Alabama Governor Robert Bentley announced 155 new First Class Pre-K grants for the upcoming school. This will bring the total number of high-quality, voluntary First Class pre-kindergarten classrooms to more than 800 statewide. Approximately 25 percent of the states four-year-olds will have access to a classroom in their community next school year. The Alabama School Readiness Alliance and its business-led Pre-K Task Force are leading an advocacy campaign to encourage the Legislatu...

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Alabama’s First Class Pre-K Named Nation’s Best Pre-K Program for Tenth Year in a Row

Montgomery, Ala. For the tenth year in a row, Alabamas state-funded, high-quality and voluntary First Class Pre-K program was named the nations highest quality pre-kindergarten program. Todays announcement was made by the National Institute for Early Childhood Education, which annually ranks state pre-k programs for quality based on ten measures. Alabamas voluntary pre-k program is one of only six state programs in the nation to meet or exceed all ten NIEER benchmarks, and only the second state...

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