Alabama is expanding its nationally recognized First Class pre-k program thanks to an increase in funding in the state budget.
“Year after year for the last few years, it’s been recognized all over the country,” Governor Bentley said of the pre-K program in this al.com story. “We just don’t have enough children enrolled in it.”
This year’s increase in funding for pre-k will allow an additional 1,600 children to enroll.
Alabama is among only four states to meet all 10 benchmarks in the National Institute for Early Education Research. However, only 6% of eligible students in Alabama are able to enroll, meaning the state ranks 33 out of 40 in access among states that offer pre-k.
Find out more about Alabama’s First Class pre-k program at the Alabama School Readiness Alliance website.