• First Class: Alabama's Voluntary Pre-K  is part of the Office of School Readiness. First Class Pre-K provides effective, high quality early childhood experiences that prepare Alabama's children for school success and lifelong learning.     


    Office of School Readiness defines school readiness as a condition whereby children enter school with:

    • an ability to function in a a social setting
    • age-appropriate communication and problem solving skills
    • age-appropriate physical and emotional skills
    • optimal health

    Why High-Quality Pre-Kindergarten?                                                                                                 

    Numerous studies have shown that students who have participated in high-quality pre-kindergarten programs:

    • score higher on achievement tests and less likely to repeat a grade
    • are more likely to graduate from high-school and go on to college
    • get higher paying salaries as adults
    • are more likely to stay out of prison and off welfare