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MCPSS partners with First Class Pre-K to serve 1,000 students

On December 2, Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley joined Mobile County Public Schools Superintendent Martha Peek to announce that the states largest school system is converting 50 pre-k classrooms into First Class Pre-K sites. View photos from the event. The most important part of a childs education is a good, solid foundation at a young age, and Alabamas First Class Voluntary Pre-K Program provides that, Bentley said. I commend Mobile County Public Schools for their history of commitment to early ch...

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VIDEO: Roundtable Discussion about High-Quality, Voluntary Pre-K in Alabama

Would you like to learn more about Alabama's high-quality First Class Pre-K program? Do you want to know how you can bring more classrooms to your community? If so, please view and share our video of the October 13 online roundtable discussion about high-quality pre-kindergarten hosted by AL.com, the Alabama School Readiness Alliance and VOICES for Alabama's Children. The panel was moderated by AL.com's Jeremy Gray and featured Alabama State Representative Bill Poole (HD-63), the chairman of the...

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#PreK4AL

School is back in session! Show your excitement for the first day of pre-k by sharing your photo with us via Facebook and/or Twitter using the hashtag #PreK4AL. Click here to download our FREE printable sign! This year, a total of 11,000 four-year-olds will learn and grow in Alabama's First Class Pre-K program! That's 3,600 more students than last year, due to the $10 million in increased state investments and a federal Preschool Development Grant. YOU advocated for pre-k expansion, and your law...

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Legislature finalizes 2015-16 pre-k funding increase; Governor announces new sites

You did it, pre-k advocates! Today, the Alabama Legislature gave final passage to an Education Trust Fund budget for 2015-16 that includes a $10 million increase for Alabama's high-quality, voluntary First Class Pre-K program. The new total level of funding for First Class will be $48.5 million and access is projected to grow from 13 percent to approximately 19 percent of four-year-olds this fall. Within hours of receiving the budget from the Legislature, Governor Bentley announced 202 new First...

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High-quality pre-k: An ounce of prevention that is worth a pound of cure (AL.com guest opinion)

AL.com Guest Opinion by Mike Luce Co-Chair, ASRA Pre-K Task Force Vice Chairman, Harbert Management CorporationClick here to read on AL.com Earlier this week the State Senate Committee on Finance & Taxation Education approved a $13.5 million increase for Alabama's First Class Pre-Kindergarten program in Senate Bill 179, the 2015-16 Education Trust Fund appropriations bill. As a business leader that knows the importance of investing early to improve student outcomes and our future workforce,...

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