Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey on Thursday will speak during the opening session of the Alabama Early Childhood Education Conference in Mobile.

The conference is focused on the continuum of early learning and care from birth-to-eight (pre-K through third grade.)

The theme for the event is “Our Future is Here” and is hosted by the Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education.

The event is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Mobile Convention Center.

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