State's pre-k program rated nation's best

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The pre-kindergarten programs of Alabama and North Carolina have been rated the nation's best by the National Institute for Early Education Research.

Gov. Bob Riley announced Wednesday that Alabama and North Carolina shared the top spot in meeting all quality standards in pre-k. It marked the third year in a row that Alabama held the institute's top spot.

Marquita Davis, Alabama's Commissioner of the Department of Children's Affairs, said Alabama and North Carolina are the only states that meet all 10 of the institute's standards for high quality pre-k.

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