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The First Class Pre-K funding application for new classrooms is now open for the 2020-2021 school year, deadline March 13, 2020.

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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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. @GovernorKayIvey said, “Study after study shows the extraordinary importance of the first five years of life in a child’s development. We have the finest educators in the country working to ensure every Alabama child has access to high-quality early childhood education.” https://t.co/JSuX0xt8eF

Investing in early childhood education is not just the morally right thing to do, but is also the best thing to help the economy.

“Children who have the benefit of quality pre-k education are better prepared for a future education,” said @gregcanfield of @MadeinAL. https://t.co/3JirqMquES

We agree! Learn more by watching the award-winning documentary @StartingatZero_ featuring Alabama’s nationally recognized First Class Pre-K program.

📷 RSA Head Start First Class Pre-K in Montgomery County

#PreK4AL #ALPreKContinues #StrongStartStrongFinish #BornReadyMovement https://t.co/3wHpzU4z0P
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"We need to build healthy children- from the top to the bottom, inside and outside." Supporting early childhood education is an efficient and effective way to raise kids who are ready to succeed in school and in their community. #investEarly @StartingatZero_ https://t.co/8W1MzWEdHX

Alabama First Class Pre-K students are “statistically significantly more likely” to be proficient in math and reading than those who did not attend the program — with no fade out of these benefits over time!

#PreK4AL #ALPreKContinues #StrongStartStrongFinish #BornReadyMovement https://t.co/DE97UvbkSj

Alabama First Class Pre-K teachers and coaches attend the virtual premiere of @StartingatZero_ as part of their back to school professional development.

📷 Sycamore Elementary School, Talladega County

#PreK4AL #ALPreKContinues #StrongStartStrongFinish #BornReadyMovement https://t.co/v9mwsOl26a
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@StartingatZero_ highlights Alabama’s nationally recognized First Class Pre-K program, featuring @GovernorKayIvey @gregcanfield and teachers, students, and advocates from across the state.

#PreK4AL #ALPreKContinues #StrongStartStrongFinish https://t.co/VYVtUxe7k5
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There's still time to RSVP – don't miss the virtual premiere of the powerful new #earlychildhood documentary @StartingatZero_ this Wednesday 8/12 at 1:30 p.m. ET. Register now: https://t.co/Djsunu03qG https://t.co/GGNvEnkXNY