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Alabama First Class Pre-K Program Named Highest Quality Pre-K Program in Nation for the 13th Straight Year

Alabama’s high-quality, voluntary First Class Pre-K program was today named the highest quality state-funded pre-kindergarten program in the nation for the 13th year in a row. Alabama is one of only three states, along with Michigan and Rhode Island, to meet or exceed all ten of the research-based benchmarks that the independent National Institute for Early Education Research measures to determine a program’s quality. Released today, NIEER’s 2018 State of Preschool Yearbook evaluates the...

State Senator Visits Springville First Class Pre-K Program, Discusses Local Expansion Efforts

On Friday, April 5, State Senator Jim McClendon (SD-11) toured the high-quality, voluntary Alabama First Class Pre-K classrooms at Springville Elementary School in his district. Advocates from the Alabama School Readiness Alliance organized the visit to highlight the growing need for more pre-k in the area. St. Clair County Superintendent Mike Howard and Jeana Ross, the secretary of the Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education, which manages the First Class Pre-K program statewide, joined...

Pre-K Task Force Encourages Lawmakers to Approve Gov. Ivey’s First Class Pre-K Expansion Recommendation

Gov. Ivey’s proposal would increase the total percentage of four-year-olds enrolled in the state’s high-quality, voluntary First Class Pre-K program to 40 percent

State officials put spotlight on Alabama’s First Class Pre-K program as part of 2019 inauguration festivities

Image via @GovernorKayIvey Montgomery - In the days leading up to her historic inauguration, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey visited First Class Pre-K classrooms in four communities across the state: Birmingham, Huntsville, Mobile and Pine Hill. At each stop, Ivey emphasized First Class Pre-K’s role in forming early literacy skills. She read to students and passed out copies of The Very Hungry Caterpillarby Eric Carle and Where the Wild Things Areby Maurice Sendak for students to take ho...

Student from state’s first pre-k class set to become early childhood educator

Montgomery – On December 15, 2018, hundreds of students walked across a stage set up at the end of Warhawks Gymnasium on the campus of Auburn University Montgomery to receive their diplomas. Included among them was Shernelia Cook, who graduated summa cum laude with a degree in early childhood and elementary education. For most in Shernelia’s major, the commencement ceremony signaled the start of their early childhood career. For Shernelia, it marked her full-circle return to early childhood...

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