The Alabama School Readiness Alliance
The Alabama School Readiness Alliance advocates updated recommendations for continued expansion of the state’s high-quality, voluntary pre-k program in a media teleconference, today. They released new legislative recommendations to fully fund First Class while maintaining its strong benchmarks for quality and accountability. Co-Chair of the Alabama School Readiness Alliance’s Pre-K Task Force Bob Powers says the main recommendation is to increase funding. If approved, the amount will raise the total level of funding to $51.7 million. It will add 145 new classrooms and help enroll 2600 additional 4-year-olds. In the 2014 to 2015 school year, there are only enough classrooms statewide to reach approximately 12 percent of the state’s four-year-olds. Today’s briefing was held before Governor Robert Bentley learns whether his application to receive a federal grant to supplement Alabama’s expansion efforts will be awarded.