ALABAMA – Early training in Alabama continues to steer the pack.
Gov. Kay Ivey introduced Monday that the state’s First Class Pre-Ok program was ranked the very best high quality nationwide for the fifteenth straight yr, in accordance with the Nationwide Institute for Early Training Analysis.
This system has acquired extra funding every year from the state’s Training Belief Fund since 2017, permitting extra youngsters throughout the state to obtain early training – 37% of youngsters age 4 are a part of the state Pre-Ok program as of this faculty yr, 2020-21.
Per state pointers, all lead academics in this system should have a minimal of a bachelor’s diploma and this system supplies a wage on par with Ok-3 academics.
The 37% determine is best than the nationwide common, as cited within the State of Preschool Yearbook. Nationwide, just one in three four-year-olds have been enrolled nationwide as of the 2019-20 faculty yr.
NIEER Founder and Senior Co-Director Steven Barnett, Ph.D, lauded the state’s continued investments in early childhood training.
“Alabama continues to be a nationwide chief in prime quality pre-Ok, even increasing entry in the course of the pandemic,” he mentioned. “The state’s sturdy funding in academics and steady enchancment will produce a lifetime of advantages for the state’s younger youngsters and its taxpayers.”
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