Monthly Archives: April 2017

First Class Pre-K Helps Families

Like other schools participating in Alabama’s First Class Pre-K program, Birmimgham’s Glen Iris Elementary School is seeing big gains among students. (Nik Layman/Alabama NewsCenter) Isaac Gonzales was a year away from starting kindergarten and had never stepped foot in a school or day care. He didn’t know his ABCs. He didn’t recognize numbers or colors.

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Alabama’s Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten Program Continues to Lead the Nation in Quality for the Tenth Year in a Row

 MONTGOMERY— Alabama’s First Class Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten Program continues to lead the nation in quality for the tenth year in a row, according to a new study released Thursday. Alabama is one of only two states in the country to meet all 10 quality benchmarks as established by the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER).“Alabama

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