Foundant is the online grant management system used to capture all information required for First Class Pre-K program classroom funds.
PowerSchool is the state’s registry for teacher and/or administrator’s required professional development hours, managed by the Alabama State Department of Education’s (ALSDE) Office of Professional Development and Professional Learning.
First Class Pre-K Pre-Registration
For dates related to advertising, student pre-registration, random selection drawings, parent/guardian notification, and enrollment completion, see the provided timeline.
All First Class Pre-K Programs are required to adhere to DHR Minimum Standards for playground safety, but NAEYC Guidelines are recommended. In addition, the following resources may prove useful when considering the development and design of the outdoor play space for pre-k children. These resources refer to best practices, developmentally appropriate materials, safety requirements, etc.
The information management system used by the Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education is ECEData, which stands for Early Childhood Education Data. First Class Pre-K program directors can use the link below to access the program which is where budgets are managed, among other things. The illustrated guide for using ECEData can be found at the additional link provided below.
High Quality Child Care Standards:
Caring for Our Children, 3rd Edition (CFOC3) is a collection of 686 national standards that represent the best evidence, expertise, and experience in the county on quality health and safety practices and policies for today’s early care and education settings.
The Strengthening Families framework is a research-informed approach to increase family strengths, enhance child development and reduce the likelihood of child abuse and neglect.
Dual Language Learners:
The Dual Language Learners toolkit and accompanying resources can be used to support young children who are learning their home languages and English.
NAESP Pre-K – 3rd Grade Leadership Academy:
The NAESP P-3 Leadership Academy is provided in partnership with the Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools (CLAS) and the Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education. The P-3 Leadership Academy is a year-long program designed to promote and build the capacity of principals and program directors to lead in Pre-K – 3rd grade early learning communities.
Drawing from the strength of world-renowned early childhood approaches including Montessori, Reggio Emilia, Friends, Tools of the Mind, Bank Street College of Education, and Waldorf, these principles outline core concepts that form the foundation of quality early childhood education or “Ideal Learning.”
The NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct offers guidelines for responsible behavior and sets forth a common basis for resolving the principal ethical dilemmas encountered in early childhood care and education.