Statewide Grants will Fund More First Class Pre-K Programs Throughout Alabama
Alabama Governor Kay Ivey announced that through a first round of grants, 164 First Class Pre-K programs will be added to 38 counties this fall.
This is the first round of new classroom grants that will be released by the Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education, according to the Governors office.
The voluntary Pre-K program will now be available to more than 21, 000 children this school year with more than 1200 classrooms statewide, moving closer to Alabama’s goal of serving up to 70% of eligible four-year-olds.
A new study shows that students who participate in the First Class Pre-K program are more likely to be proficient in math and reading.
Gov. Ivey signed the Education Trust Fund, which is the largest investment in education in Alabama to date.