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Alabama Legislature Approves $16 Million Pre-K Expansion

MONTGOMERY Alabama state lawmakers today unanimously approved a historic, $16 million expansion of the states high-quality, voluntary First Class Pre-K program. The final Fiscal Year 2017 Education Trust Fund Budget increases funding for the states voluntary pre-kindergarten program from $48.5 million to $64.5 million. Along with funding from year two of Alabamas four-year federal Preschool Development Grant, the $16 million increase would help open approximately 155 additional classrooms and h...

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Join VOICES for Alabama's Children on March 22 for a Pre-K Rally!

Show your support for pre-k! Join our partners at VOICES for Alabama's Children for their second annual Pre-K Rally on Tuesday, March 22, at 1:00 p.m. in front of the Alabama Statehouse. Click here to register. We look forward to seeing you there!

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MCPSS partners with First Class Pre-K to serve 1,000 students

On December 2, Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley joined Mobile County Public Schools Superintendent Martha Peek to announce that the states largest school system is converting 50 pre-k classrooms into First Class Pre-K sites. View photos from the event. The most important part of a childs education is a good, solid foundation at a young age, and Alabamas First Class Voluntary Pre-K Program provides that, Bentley said. I commend Mobile County Public Schools for their history of commitment to early ch...

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VIDEO: Roundtable Discussion about High-Quality, Voluntary Pre-K in Alabama

Would you like to learn more about Alabama's high-quality First Class Pre-K program? Do you want to know how you can bring more classrooms to your community? If so, please view and share our video of the October 13 online roundtable discussion about high-quality pre-kindergarten hosted by AL.com, the Alabama School Readiness Alliance and VOICES for Alabama's Children. The panel was moderated by AL.com's Jeremy Gray and featured Alabama State Representative Bill Poole (HD-63), the chairman of the...

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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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