Alabama Partnership for Children 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 Nearly 25,000 Alabama Jobs Serve State's Children http://apr.org/post/nearly-25000-alabama-jobs-serve-states-children <p></p><p>A new report says early education programs in Alabama serve more than 192,000 children up to the age of 5.</p><p>The report says the industry accounts for nearly 19,000 full-time equivalent jobs with a payroll of nearly $370 million and non-pay roll expenditures of nearly $200 million.</p><p>The report was prepared by Auburn University at Montgomery economist Keivan Deravi for the Alabama Partnership for Children.</p><p>The partnership's executive director, Gail Piggott, said Monday that she was surprised by the large numbers.</p> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 21:58:45 +0000 The Associated Press 43381 at http://apr.org Nearly 25,000 Alabama Jobs Serve State's Children