Alabama Pre-Kindergarten http://apr.org en Alabama Looking At Another Expansion Of Pre-K http://apr.org/post/alabama-looking-another-expansion-pre-k <p></p><p>Advocates of early childhood education are expecting another expansion of the state's pre-kindergarten program for 4-year-olds, and they are waiting to see how much the governor will propose when the Legislature convenes Jan. 14.</p><p>Gov. Robert Bentley says he will recommend an increase, but he's not saying how much yet.</p><p>The Alabama School Readiness Alliance, the Alabama Partnership for Children and others are seeking an increase of $12.8 million for the upcoming school year.</p> Thu, 02 Jan 2014 21:27:36 +0000 The Associated Press 44278 at http://apr.org Alabama Looking At Another Expansion Of Pre-K Ala. Awards $7.3M In Grants For Pre-Kindergarten http://apr.org/post/ala-awards-73m-grants-pre-kindergarten <P>Alabama will award nearly $7.3 million in grants to increase the number of children enrolled in its pre-kindergarten programs.</P> <P>Gov. Robert Bentley announced the grant recipients Wednesday. The spending is part of a $9.4 million funding increase approved by the state Legislature.</P> <P>Bentley had earlier sought an additional $12.5 million in state funding for the program in Alabama's education budget, though lawmakers ultimately approved less money.</P> <P>The Republican governor said in a statement that children deserve the opportunity to excel. Wed, 26 Jun 2013 21:41:52 +0000 The Associated Press 33061 at http://apr.org Ala. Awards $7.3M In Grants For Pre-Kindergarten Enrollment in Pre-Kindergarten Expected to Rise http://apr.org/post/enrollment-pre-kindergarten-expected-rise <p>Alabama's voluntary pre-kindergarten program is expected to see a roughly 40 percent increase thanks to increased funding.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; Commissioner of the Department of Children's Affairs, Jeana Ross, told AL.com (http://bit.ly/12lVDg7) Monday that grant funding has helped state officials to form pre-kindergarten programs at 93 new schools.<br> Tue, 25 Jun 2013 11:33:02 +0000 The Associated Press 32971 at http://apr.org Enrollment in Pre-Kindergarten Expected to Rise