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Beginning January 15, 2022, online pre-registration for First Class Pre-K for the 2022-2023 school year may be completed on the AlaCEED (Alabama Childcare and Early Education Dashboard) site.

To pre-register a child for the current 2021-2022 school year, click here.

Click here to find a First Class Pre-K or First Teacher Home Visiting program.

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The First Class Pre-K funding application for new classrooms is now open for the 2021-2022 school year.  Applications will close March 12th at 5:00 pm.

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New First Teacher Home Visiting Program Grant Applications

The ADECE has opened a competitive grant process for NEW First Teacher Home Visiting Programs state-wide. Applicants will be asked to choose to use either the Parents as Teachers or HIPPY model of service delivery and to provide justification for a new program or program expansion in their area. Applications will be accepted until 5:00pm on November 30, 2021. For more information, please contact Kesha Whitehead (kesha.whitehead@ece.alabama.gov) in north Alabama or Jani Johnson (jani.johnson@ece.alabama.gov) in south Alabama. When you are ready to complete your application in Foundant, please contact Margaret Colley (margaret.colley@ece.alabama.gov) if you need a username and password.

The award-winning documentary film, “Starting at Zero: Reimagining Education in America,” focuses on Alabama’s nationally-recognized First Class Pre-K program and highlights state leaders, including Governor Ivey, who continue to strongly support the expansion of and prioritize investment in high quality early learning and care programs.

The documentary was filmed at locations throughout Alabama in 2017-2019 and prominently features First Class Pre-K and First Teacher Home Visiting educators, Department staff, and business and community stakeholders.


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In tonight’s #SOTS address, @GovernorKayIvey reiterated her strong support of Early Childhood Education. Thank you, Gov. Ivey, for your continued support!
#BornReadyMovement https://t.co/S4o5kfFuZX
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“Early childhood educators who create ample opportunities for play allow their students to grow their interpersonal skills, develop higher-level vocabulary and understand their worlds in deep and meaningful ways.”
Secretary @barbarajeancoop served as a resource expert for policy discussion with @Hunt_Institute’s #HKFellows on the Impact of COVID Relief Funds and Other Federal Initiatives on State Early Childhood Systems. https://t.co/9ETM6X9dXg AL_DECE photo