Annual Pre-K Funding Appropriations

Alabama’s state-funded, voluntary “First Class” Pre-K program began as a small pilot program in the 2000-2001 school year, administered by a newly created Office of School Readiness in the State Department of Children’s Affairs (Now called the Department of Early Childhood Education). Since 2006, the Alabama School Readiness Alliance has led statewide efforts to advocate for the expansion of FIrst Class Pre-K. In the current 2018-2019 school year, 32 percent of all four-year-olds in Alabama are served by the program in 1045 classrooms across the state.
Budget Year
State Appropriations
Number of Classrooms
2005-2006
$4,326,050
57
2006-2007
$5,369,898
59
2007-2008
$10,000,000
128
2008-2009
$15,490,831
185
2009-2010
$18,376,806
215
2010-2011
$18,376,806
217
2011-2012
$17,998,620
217
2012-2013
$19,087,050
217
2013-2014
$28,462,050
315
2014-2015
$38,462,050
410
2015-2016
$48,462,050
652
2016-2017
$64,462,050
816
2017-2018
$77,462,050
938
2018-2019
$95,962,050
1,045