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Walker County leaders celebrate the growth of Alabama First Class Pre-K

Walker County, which just two years ago had the lowest pre-k access rate in the state, has increased the percentage of local four-year-olds enrolled in the Alabama First Class Pre-K program from two to 25 percent over the past two years. Since 2015, as state leaders have grown investments in Alabama’s high-quality, voluntary pre-kindergarten program, local leaders have successfully applied for state grants to add nine new classrooms across the county. To celebrate the program’s growth locall...

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Central Alabama Regional Initiative Helps Child Care Centers Join First Class Pre-K program

TARRANT, Ala. – As Alabama’s high-quality, voluntary First Class Pre-K program continues to expand across the state, a Central Alabama regional initiative is ensuring that licensed childcare centers in the area are able to participate in the program. Early childhood experts from the Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education, and pre-k advocates from The Bold Goals Coalition of Central Alabama and the Alabama School Readiness Alliance today discussed results from the first year of the B...

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Advocates Celebrate Expansion of Alabama First Class Pre-K

More than 2,100 additional four-year-olds will be able to enroll in a high-quality, voluntary Alabama First Class Pre-K program by September 1, according to Governor Ivey’s announcement that the state will add 122 new First Class classrooms for the upcoming school year. For 11 years in a row, Alabama’s First Class Pre-K program, which is managed by the Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education, has been ranked the number one state-funded pre-kindergarten program in the country for qual...

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Can't Stop The Feeling!

Today, the National Institute for Early Education Research named Alabama First Class Pre-K the highest quality pre-k program in the country for the 11th year in a row. How did Alabama's four-year-olds celebrate? They put on their favorite Justin Timberlake song and danced!Click here to watch our new video. We dare you to watch and not smile! This announcement was made today by the National Institute for Early Education Research in its 2016 State of Preschool Yearbook. Released every year since 2...

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Legislature Approves Increased Pre-K Funding

The Alabama Legislature today gave final approval to a $13 million expansion of Alabama’s First Class Pre-K program. Both chambers agreed to an Education Trust Fund Budget compromise after a conference committee worked out differences between the Senate- and House-passed versions. The bill, which includes a total of $77.5 million for the state’s high-quality, voluntary pre-kindergarten program, now goes to Governor Ivey her signature.Click here to thank your lawmakers for prioritizing pre-k...

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