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Alabama Pre-K Program Tops National Report Assessing Quality 

A recently released report asserts Alabama’s First Class Pre-K program is the only state-funded pre-kindergarten program in the country that "comes close to having all the elements of a strong pre-k program." In its Implementing 15 Essential Elements for High-Quality Pre-K: An Updated Scan of State Polices report, the National Institute for Early Education Research found that Alabama’s First Class Pre-K program fully met 14 of the report’s 15 “essential elements” characterizing high-qu...

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Voter poll: Alabamians strongly favor state funding for pre-k

In March 2018, Hart Research (D) and The Tarrance Group (R) conducted a statewide telephone survey of registered voters in Alabama to gauge their opinions about early education and their support for the state to fully fund pre-k. The overarching takeaway from this survey is that Alabamians widely recognize the importance of pre-k for four-year-olds, strongly favor the state funding pre-k so that all four-year-olds are able to attend, and significantly endorse the idea that improving children’s...

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Governor Ivey announces 107 new First Class Pre-K grants

Today, Governor Ivey and the Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education announced that the state’s high-quality, voluntary First Class Pre-K program is expanding by 107 new classrooms due to the $18.5 million increase in state investments approved by the Alabama Legislature last month. This will allow an additional 1,926 four-year-olds to attend the program in the upcoming school year. A full list of the new classrooms can be downloaded here. The Governor's press release is below, and yo...

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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...

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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...

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