MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WHNT) - The state will issue 100 new grants for Pre-K programs in Alabama, bringing the state to 410 sites statewide.
The National Institute of Early Education Research (NIEER) sets benchmarks for Pre-K programs across the nation. The most recent NIEER report gives Alabama's program top marks. The state meets all 10 benchmarks for quality, one of only four states to do so.
However, the NIEER report does call access "very limited," stating that only 6 percent of state 4-year-olds receive service.
News releases from the state say these grants will improve that access.
Jefferson County will receive the most grants, though the Tennessee Valley will still get 23 in total.
Tennessee Valley Grants:
- Wills Valley Elementary Pre-K #4 $85,500.00
- Ider High School Public School Ider PreK $82,800.00
- Geraldine PreK $85,500.00
- Henagar Pre-K $85,500.00
- Ruhama Pre-K $120,000.00
- Vina Prekindergarten 1 $85,500.00
- Brownwood PreK Partners $85,500.00
- Stevenson Elementary Pre-K $120,000.00
- Elkmont Little Reds $82,800.00
- MCS PreK 5 $80,100.00
- Madison Cross Roads Pre-K Classroom-Tiered 1 $82,800.00
- New Market Pre-K Classroom-Tiered $82,800.00
- YMCA Heart of the Valley YMCA Northwest Preschool Community (such as YMCA) YMCA Northwest Preschool $88,200.00
- Brindlee Mountain Elementary Preschool $45,000.00
- Douglas Preschool $45,000.00
- DAR Preschool $85,500.00
- Madison City Head Start $45,000.00
- Piney Chapel Head Start $45,000.00
- West Morgan Head Start $45,000.00
- Barkley Bridge Pre-K $80,100.00
You can find the full list of grants here.