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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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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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