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

October 13, 2015

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, the Alabama School Readiness Alliance and VOICES for Alabama's Children.

The panel was moderated by's Jeremy Gray and featured Alabama State Representative Bill Poole (HD-63), the chairman of the House Ways and Means Education Committee; Secretary Jeana Ross of the Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education; Melanie Bridgeforth from VOICES for Alabama's Children and parent advocates from across the state of Alabama.

Webinar Resources:

‚ÄčClick here for a video of the October 13 webinar.

Click here for more infomation about Parent VOICES for Pre-K. 

Click here for more information about the First Class Pre-K program from the Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education. 

Click here to find a First Class Pre-K classroom.

Click here to look up your state legislator so that you can contact him or her personally to share your support of pre-k expansion. / Birmingham News / Huntsville Times / Mobile Press-Register coverage of the webinar:

Guest opinion by Melanie Bridgeforth: Parent advocates key to expanding high-quality pre-K in Alabama 

Jeremy Gray: To keep Alabama's pre-K program growing, parents must speak out

Guest opinion by Christina McInnis: For Pre-K in Alabama, parents' voices matter

Guest opinion by Allison Muhlendorf: Demand for pre-k is increasing, supply must catch up

Guest opinion by kindergarten teacher Angela Hill: Students who attend high-quality pre-k are better prepared for kindergarten

Guest opinion by Secretary Jeana Ross, Alabama Department of Children's Affairs: All children should have access to pre-k

Jeremy Gray: Alabama pre-K: It works, it's wanted but many must wait