An education task force will present a 10-year plan to the state Legislature to make state-funded pre-kindergarten programs available to all 4-year-olds in Alabama, according to an Alabama School Boards publication.
The Legislature convenes on Tuesday, but it hasn’t been determined when the issue will be addressed.
First Class, which would govern the pre-k program, is a voluntary program that is funded at about $19 million for fiscal year 2013.
“Support for state-funded high quality pre-k is at an all-time high,” said Allison de la Torre, the executive director of the Alabama School Readiness Alliance.
The alliance has formed a pre-k task force which represents a wide range of business, industry and community leaders.
The Task Force plan calls for an annual investment in First Class of an additional $12.5 million each year for 10 years beginning in fiscal year 2014, resulting in full funding of the program at approximately $144 million by fiscal year 2023, the target date for making the program available to all Alabama 4-year-olds whose families choose to enroll them.
Colbert County currently has six state-funded pre-k programs; Lauderdale County has seven and Franklin County has five.