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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...

UAH recognized as emerging leader in preparing pre-k teachers

State Lawmakers Celebrate Expansion of Pre-K in North Alabama

Walker County leaders celebrate the growth of Alabama First Class Pre-K

Walker County, which just two years ago had the lowest pre-k access rate in the state, has increased the percentage of local four-year-olds enrolled in the Alabama First Class Pre-K program from two to 25 percent over the past two years. Since 2015, as state leaders have grown investments in Alabama’s high-quality, voluntary pre-kindergarten program, local leaders have successfully applied for state grants to add nine new classrooms across the county. To celebrate the program’s growth locall...

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