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Alabama School Readiness Alliance: Celebrating 10 years of pre-k advocacy

January 5, 2017
In 2006, Alabama Giving brought VOICES for Alabama's Children, A+ Education Partnership and Alabama Partnership for Children together to discuss the idea of a statewide pre-k advocacy campaign. 

Ten years later, the Alabama School Readiness Alliance remains a partnership of our four founding organizations, and we have added thousands of pre-k advocates to our network from every corner of the state.

We have learned that when nonprofits collaborate and work with the business community and other partners on a singular goal, we can have a big impact:

In 2006, the level of state funding for Alabama's First Class Pre-K program was just $4.3 million. Today, the level of funding for the program is $64.5 million.

In 2006, just two percent of four-year-olds in Alabama were able to attend First Class Pre-K due to limited state investments. Today, 25 percent of four-year-olds attend the program, and we have a plan in place to expand that figure to 70 percent by the year 2023.

Thank you, advocates, for staying with us for the long haul! We pledge to continue our efforts until every family in Alabama has the opportunity to enroll their four-year-old in a high-quality, voluntary pre-k program.