About the First Class Pre-K Process

The First Class Pre-K Program is Aabama’s state funded pre-K program for 4 year old children who are residents of the State of Alabama. The program is funded by the Education Trust Fund through the Alabama Department of Children’s Affairs Office of School Readiness. In order to receive funds for  a First Class Pre-K Classroom, organizations must first complete an online application.

First Class Pre-K has been recognized by the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) as meeting 10 of 10 criteria for the highest quality Pre-K programs. Funding for First Class Pre-K is to (1) provide access for more children to attend high quality pre-K and (2) enhance quality of existing classrooms by providing funding and support to meet the high quality standards. All state funded classrooms receive coaching from specialized coaches to support classroom instruction and Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP). Additionally, DCA monitors to ensure grant compliance and a high level of accountability for the grant funds