By Marla Jones, Managing Editor • email@example.com (Photo via marvelfocusdesk.com)
DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. — For the 14th year in a row, Alabama leads the nation in providing the highest quality early education. On Tuesday, Governor Kay Ivey and the Alabama Department of Early Education announced that 55 new classrooms will be added to the Pre-K program this fall.
With $6 million appropriated for First Class Pre-K for the FY2021 budget, the Department will be able to fund 55 new classrooms. There were 163 new classroom applications with 123 meetings the criteria to be considered.
According to Governor Kay Ivey, adding the 55 classrooms will insure 22,500 children will have a strong foundation for their educational journey.
"We are exceptionally proud to be a part of the First Class Pre-K program," said DeKalb County Superintendent Dr. Jason Barnett. "This has allowed us to meet the needs of so many preschool children and help prepare them for their future. We also look forward to continuing to expand this program and offering it to more students in the future."
The complete list of 2020-21 First Class Pre-K Awards List for DeKalb County:
- Fort Payne CRN Child Development
- Collinsville Pre-K1
- Crossville Pre-K 1-2
- Fyffe Pre-K 1-2
- Geraldine Pre-K 1
- Henagar Pre-K 1
- Ider Pre-K 1-2
- Plainview Pre-K 1-3
- Ruhama Pre-K 1
- Valley Head Pre-K 1
- Wills Valley Pre-K 1-8