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Online pre-registration applications for the 2021-2022 school year may be submitted beginning January 15, 2021.

To pre-register a child for the current 2020-2021 school year, click here.

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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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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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#PreK4AL has the best teachers! 19 First Class Pre-K teachers have achieved the National Board Certification. Find them in the newsletter:⬇️ @barbarajeancoop


Looks like fun! Thank you for sharing!

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Winter fun in Pre-K! We had a blast today learning and having fun. We made snow, had a snowball fight with cotton balls, and did some fun math activities. @pleasantgrovees @JEFCOED @AL_DECE https://t.co/tNNpj2CRio

Announcement | NEW Classroom Funding Opportunity📣

The application for classroom awards for NEW First Class Pre-K Classrooms is now open! Applications will be accepted through March 12, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.

#PreK4AL #StrongStartStrongFinish


The inaugural class of Born Ready University graduated on Saturday. Congratulations to the parents for committing to the 4 week course. A second cohort will begin in Bullock County in January. Thanks to Drs. Blair and Lowe for supporting your parents. https://t.co/mb8noTCpjD AL_DECE photo