In 2019, our allies led the Pre-K Task Force that made a business case for pre-k expansion and put the state on track to fully fund first class pre-k in the next four years.

State Allies:

Alabama Partnership for Children • Montgomery, AL
Alabama School Readiness Alliance • Montgomery, AL
VOICES for Alabama's Children • Montgomery, AL
Top Priorities for 2020

Continue increases in state pre-k investments until the program is fully funded by 2022- 2023 to reach 70% of all four-year- olds in diverse settings

Child care quality/support for the early childhood workforce; remove exemptions so that all programs are licensed and inspected by DHR; support for the Quality Rating and Improvement System; recruit of teachers and family child care providers to address shortages

Support the development and implementation of Alabama’s Preschool Development Grant comprehensive birth-to-five plan, “Alabama Connections for Early Care and Education,” with a particular focus on birth-to-three.

Last year, for our allies in Alabama, securing $26 million in new funding for pre-k was just the beginning.

  • First teacher home visiting
  • $450,000 increase for Starting Strong (includes P-3)
  • $4.6 million increase for Early Intervention
  • $4 million increase for Preschool Special Education
  • $500,000 investment in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health
  • $1 million for census organizing
  • $300,000 for The Women’s Fund to support two-generation strategies, including addressing the pay disparity of the child care workforce

The Alliance for Early Success is achieving large-scale, long-lasting change for the state’s young children by providing our allies with powerful advantages that help them shape Alabama state early childhood policy.

  • Strategic, Outcomes-Focused Investments
  • Consulting and Strategy
  • Direct Access to National Expertise
  • Rapid Response Support
  • Connections/Access to Allies in Similar States
  • Roles in National Communities of Practice

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