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New First Class Pre-K Classrooms Unveiled

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Alabama Governor Kay Ivey today announced the first round of new state-funded, high-quality and voluntary First Class Pre-K classroom grants for the 2019-2020 school year; adding 164 new classrooms across 38 counties. The state Department of Early Childhood Education expects to announce another round of First Class Pre-K classroom grants this summer, which will be “awarded based on further evaluation of high-needs areas.” The new classes are the result of the $26.8 mi...

Alabama Legislature approves largest-ever pre-k expansion

MONTGOMERY, Ala.— On May 31, 2019, the Alabama State House of Representatives and the Alabama State Senate agreed to the largest-ever expansion of the state’s high-quality, voluntary First Class Pre-K program. The pre-k expansion funds were part of a $26.8 million increase in the Fiscal Year 2020 Education Trust Fund budget legislation (Senate Bill 199) for the Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education’s Office of School Readiness. The increase will enable the Alabama Department of...

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, joine...

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

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