MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - On Monday, Gov. Kay Ivey and the Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education announced the expansion of Alabama's First Class Pre-K program, adding 107 classrooms across the state. Faulkner University will open two of those classrooms.
Faulkner University Pre-K will open in the fall of 2018 for the start of the school year. Dr. Leslie Cowell, dean of the College of Education, applied for the state grants to provide Pre-K classrooms in Montgomery and was approved for two classrooms. She will serve as the director of the pre-k program.
"There's no other site like this anywhere around Faulkner University," Cowell said. "This is a perfect opportunity to serve the community. First Class Pre-K program asked if we could do two classrooms, because the need in this area of Montgomery was so great."
The classrooms will enroll 32 four-year-olds in the fall. The classrooms will be housed in the former Peyton's Place across from the university's main Montgomery campus. The property is being renovated and will include the construction of a playground provided through the grant.
Tuition is free, but families must live in Alabama.