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Advocates Celebrate Expansion of Alabama First Class Pre-K

More than 2,100 additional four-year-olds will be able to enroll in a high-quality, voluntary Alabama First Class Pre-K program by September 1, according to Governor Ivey’s announcement that the state will add 122 new First Class classrooms for the upcoming school year. For 11 years in a row, Alabama’s First Class Pre-K program, which is managed by the Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education, has been ranked the number one state-funded pre-kindergarten program in the country for qual...

Can't Stop The Feeling!

Today, the National Institute for Early Education Research named Alabama First Class Pre-K the highest quality pre-k program in the country for the 11th year in a row. How did Alabama's four-year-olds celebrate? They put on their favorite Justin Timberlake song and danced!Click here to watch our new video. We dare you to watch and not smile! This announcement was made today by the National Institute for Early Education Research in its 2016 State of Preschool Yearbook. Released every year since 2...

Legislature Approves Increased Pre-K Funding

The Alabama Legislature today gave final approval to a $13 million expansion of Alabama’s First Class Pre-K program. Both chambers agreed to an Education Trust Fund Budget compromise after a conference committee worked out differences between the Senate- and House-passed versions. The bill, which includes a total of $77.5 million for the state’s high-quality, voluntary pre-kindergarten program, now goes to Governor Ivey her signature.Click here to thank your lawmakers for prioritizing pre-k...

Advocates Renew Call for Expansion of First Class Pre-K

Alabama School Readiness Alliance’s Pre-K Task Force to push for $20 million increase in upcoming legislative session.

Our new video takes you inside a First Class Pre-K classroom

We’ve produced a short video that takes viewers inside one of Alabama’s high-quality First Class Pre-K classrooms. It highlights why Alabama First Class Pre-K has been recognized as the nation’s highest quality pre-k program for ten years in a row (and counting!). Despite research that confirms that Alabama's First Class Pre-K graduates are more prepared for kindergarten than their peers, three out of every four four-year-olds in the state are still unable to participate in the program due...

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