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Gov. Ivey Announces 41 New Classrooms Funded Through Pre-K – 3rd Grade Integrated Approach to Early Learning

MONTGOMERY — Governor Kay Ivey and the Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education on Tuesday announced that 41 new classrooms will be funded through the Pre-K through 3rd Grade Integrated Approach to Early Learning (P-3). “Alabama children have reaped the benefits of our nationally recognized First Class Pre-K program, and our P-3 program works to

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This Deep-Red State Decided to Make a Serious Investment in Preschools

Alabama state senator Trip Pittman had always sort of questioned whether nursery schools were worth the investment. Pittman, a conservative Republican, figured the kinds of things you’re supposed to learn before kindergarten—washing your hands, tying your shoes, minding your manners—might best be taught by parents and grandparents at home. Conservatives often argue that kids who

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State Rep. David Faulkner Visited Preschoolers as They Celebrated Black History Month

State Rep. David Faulkner visited preschoolers as they celebrated Black History Month Photo courtesy of Foundations Early Learning & Family Center State Rep. David Faulkner shakes hands with a Foundations preschool student dressed as former Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford. State Rep. David Faulkner (District 46) of Mountain Brook, whose district includes portions of Homewood, Hoover and Mountain

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How Pinwheels and Play-Doh Could Address Post-Tornado Trauma in Lee County

How pinwheels and Play-Doh could address post-tornado trauma in Lee County At first glance, the zipped, plastic bags seem to contain an ordinary assortment of toys, the kind of goody bag one might pass out at a child’s birthday party. There’s a bottle of bubbles, a book, a stuffed animal, some crayons and a jar of Play-Doh. But there’s a reason these

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Child Comfort Kits Given to Red Cross

Child Comfort Kits given to Red Cross Dallas Rabig, of the Department of Early Childhood Education, left, gives child comfort kits to Kelly Hodges, of the Red Cross, on Wednesday March 13, 2019 in Montgomery, Ala., to be distributed to children in the wake of the Lee County tornados. https://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/picture-gallery/news/local/alabama/2019/03/14/child-comfort-kits-given-red-cross/3152383002/

Early Childhood Mental Health Services Potentially Expanding in Alabama

Early childhood mental health services potentially expanding in Alabama Krista Johnson, Montgomery AdvertiserPublished 12:31 p.m. CT Oct. 2, 2018 | Updated 12:31 p.m. CT Oct. 2, 2018 (Photo: Creatas RF) Mental health is often associated with mental illness, which in turn leads to a misunderstanding of why access to mental health services for Alabama’s youngest children and their families

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