Christmas comes early for Birmingham four-year-olds

December 15, 2017

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 development and classroom supplies. For 11 years in a row, Alabama's First Class Pre-K program has been recogized by the National Institute for Early Education as the highest-quality state-funded pre-k program in the country.

Approximately 43% of Birmingham's four-year-olds are enrolled in Alabama First Class Pre-K in the Birmingham City Schools, child care centers, Head Start, nonprofits and other settings. For Jefferson County, that figure drops to just 22% of all four-year-olds served in First Class Pre-K in various settings across the county. 

ASRA's Pre-K Task Force co-chair Mike Luce, Vice Chairman of Harbert Management, was on hand at last Friday's announcement to congratulate BCS and advocate for the continued expansion of Alabama's First Class Pre-K program. Click here for more.