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VIDEO: Senate Committee approves $13.5 million increase for First Class Pre-K

On April 8, 2015, the Alabama Senate Finance and Taxation Education Committee improved upon the Governor's budget request and approved a $13.5 million increase for First Class Pre-K in Senate Bill 179. The bill now heads to the Senate floor.Click here to watch a video of Committee Chairman Senator Trip Pittman sharing why he and the committee chose to prioritize pre-k.Click here to email your State Senator and ask him or her to approve SB 179 as-is, with the $13.5 million increase for First Clas...

READ ARTICLE Demand growing for Alabama's voluntary pre-k, funding might grow too

By Erin Edgemon, April 4, 2015Click here to read on Every weekday, Orange Beach mom Jeanna Bulman or her husband, Chris, drive 30 minutes from their home, passing two elementary schools and crossing a toll bridge to take their oldest son to an Alabama pre-k class in north Foley. They do it because they want their son, Jon Thomas, now 5, to be prepared for kindergarten in the fall. They also do it because Orange Beach doesn't have a pre-k program. "For once, Alabama is No. 1 for som...

Alabama Governor's Early Childhood Education Leadership Summit

ASRA was a proud convening partner of the Alabama Governors Early Childhood Education Leadership Summit on February 19, 2015. The Summit, which will be broadcasted this Spring on Alabama Public Television, united various state agencies and nonprofits responsible for Alabamas early childhood education to celebrate the states achievements and establish a unified vision.The Summit was organized by A+ Education Partnership; the Alabama Association of Licensed Early Care and Education (AALECE); the A...

Alabama Governor pledges to fully fund pre-k by end of second term

During his inauguration address today, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley pledged to make Alabamas high-quality, voluntary pre-kindergarten program available for all families by the end of his second term.

Alabama pre-k gets $17.5 million in federal grants

MONTGOMERY (AP) Alabama's small, but highly rated pre-kindergarten program for 4-year-olds will be growing because of a federal grant announced today.

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