Alabama's First Class Pre-K Receives National Attention
Alabama’s First Class Pre-K program is once again receiving national attention. A newly released report by the National Institute for Early Education Research shows that Alabama’s Pre-K program fully met 14 of 15 essential elements characterizing high-quality early education programs. The Pre-K program also partially met the 15th element.
The benchmarks measured included early learning policies, program practices, and a program’s leadership. On average nationwide, state-based pre-k programs met just six of the 15 elements. The National Institute for Early Education Research is the leader on pre-kindergarten quality. The group also recently ranked Alabama’s First Class Pre-K program as the country’s highest overall quality program for the 12th consecutive year.