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
Amount of State Appropriations
for First Class Pre-K in the
Office of School Readiness
(Dept. of Early Childhood Education)
Number of Classrooms
2005-2006
2006-2007
2007-2008
2008-2009
2009-2010
2010-2011
2011-2012
2012-2013
2013-2014
2014-2015
2015-2016
2016-2017
2017-2018
2018-2019
$4,326,050
$5,369,898
$10,000,000
$15,490,831
$18,376,806
$18,376,806
$17,998,620
$19,087,050
$28,462,050
$38,462,050
$48,462,050
$64,462,050
$77,462,050
$95,962,050
57
59
128
185
215
217
217
217
315
410
652
816
938
1045