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Alabama First Class Pre-K Named Nation’s Highest Quality Pre-K Program for 12th Consecutive Year

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Alabama’s high-quality, voluntary First Class Pre-K program was today named the highest quality state-funded pre-kindergarten program in America. This is the 12th year in a row the state’s voluntary pre-kindergarten program for four-year-olds has received this distinction.The title was bestowed upon Alabama’s First Class Pre-K program by the National Institute for Early Education Research in its 2017 State of Preschool Yearbook. The State of Preschool Yearbook is an an...

Alabama Legislature Approves $18.5 Million Pre-K Expansion

The Alabama Legislature today inched a step closer to providing high-quality pre-k to every family in the state that wants to voluntarily enroll their four-year-old. The legislature gave final approval to HB 175, the FY 2019 Education Trust Fund Budget. The bill appropriates a total of $96 million to the state’s pre-kindergarten program; $18.5 million more than the program’s current funding level. Once signed into law, the $18.5 million expansion, along with funding from the final year of th...

First Class Pre-K alumni make significant gains in reading and math proficiency

Governor Ivey has announced a new study of Alabama third graders that finds that students who participated in the state's high-quality, voluntary First Class Pre-K program are more likely to be proficient in reading and math than their peers. This finding was especially true for minority children and children living in poverty. The new study, “Achievement Gap Closure and Gains Associated with Alabama’s First Class Pre-K,” was conducted for the Alabama Department of Early Childhood Educatio...

Pre-K Advocates Encourage $23 Million Expansion of Alabama First Class Pre-K Program

Advocates for the expansion of Alabama’s high-quality, state-funded and voluntary First Class Pre-K program are today encouraging state lawmakers to fund Alabama Governor Kay Ivey’s proposed $23 million pre-k budget increase. Combined with funding from year four of Alabama's four-year federal Preschool Development Grant, a $23 million increase could add approximately 200 new classrooms and help enroll approximately 3,600 additional four-year-olds in the next school year. The $23 million fund...

Christmas comes early for Birmingham four-year-olds

The children of Birmingham received an early Christmas gift this year. Birmingham City Schools' Superintendent Dr. Lisa Herring and Mayor Randall Woodfin announced that all 45 pre-k classrooms in the Birmingham City Schools system are joining the Alabama First Class Pre-K program. Thanks to state grants and support from the Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education, all classrooms will follow the quality standards of First Class Pre-K and receive additional teacher coaching, professional d...

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