First Class Pre-K Program

2024-2025 Pre-K registration with QR codes


The Office of School Readiness (OSR) is housed within the Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education (DECE) and is charged with administering Alabama's state-funded pre-kindergarten program. OSR funds First Class Pre-K classrooms through a competitive funding process and administers the program in a variety of settings that include:

  • Public schools

  • Private childcare and schools

  • Head Start programs

  • Community-based programs

  • Faith-based programs

  • Military programs

OSR was created in the 2000 legislative session. In the first year of Operation DECE funded eight pilot Pre-K programs. Since then, state funding for First Class Pre-K has grown and the program has expanded into every single one of Alabama's 67 counties with a statewide goal of serving up to 70% of four-year-olds. OSR currently funds over 1,250 First Class Pre-K classrooms and supports the professional development of a high-quality workforce through education, training, and on-site coaching.

Alabama's state-funded First Class Pre-K program has been awarded the highest quality rating by the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) for the past fourteen years. OSR is dedicated to working with Pre-K programs to ensure that Alabama's 4-year-olds have access to high-quality learning experiences that prepare them for future school success. OSR works with classrooms to promote those high-quality experiences in Alabama.

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