Editorial: Pre-Kindergarten Classes

Only two states rate a perfect 10 for state-funded prekindergarten sites.

Alabama is one of them.

The National Institute for Early Education research gives us that honor.

But only two percent of our state's four year olds participate.

The reason?


Alabama provides just over four million dollars a year for pre-k.

Our neighbors in Georgia spend nearly $280 million a year for pre-k.

Alabama's A+ Education Foundation ranks providing prekindergarten tops on their list of investments in teaching and learning this year.

Investing in making prekindergarten available to more four year olds will pay off in multiple dividends for these children as they continue their education and for our state as these children enter the workforce.

We already have one of the best pre-k programs in the country.

Let's open it up to more people to use it!