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Alabama furthering efforts to improve early childhood education

Over 400 pre-K through 3rd grade classes are funded through the P-3 initiative.

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Governor Kay Ivey and the Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education announced on Wednesday that 64 new classrooms would be funded through the Pre-K through 3rd Grade Integrated Approach to Early Learning (P-3) for the upcoming school year. This will mark the eighth year of P-3.

Here’s a list of the schools receiving funding:

  • New Bethel Elementary School in Colbert County
  • Howell Graves Preschool in Colbert County
  • G. W. Trenholm Primary School in Colbert County
  • Parkside Elementary School in Cullman County
  • Lauderdale Elementary School in Lauderdale County
  • Underwood Elementary School in Lauderdale County
  • Sweet Water High School in Marengo County
  • Boaz Elementary School in Marshall County
  • Covenant Academy of Mobile in Mobile County
  • Barkley Bridge Elementary School in Morgan County
  • South Shades Crest Elementary School in Shelby County
  • Taylorville Primary School in Tuscaloosa County
  • Curry Elementary School in Walker County
  • Lupton Elementary School in Walker County
  • Oakman Elementary School in Walker County
  • Parrish Elementary School in Walker County
  • Double Springs Elementary School in Walker County

These schools will bring the total number of classrooms receiving funding from the initiative to 413 across 29 counties in the state. As a part of the Strong Start, Strong Finish initiative, a three-stage concept to improve early education during formative years up to career preparedness after graduation, the aim is to have a solid foundation for students by 3rd grade.

A few of the schools receiving funded classrooms this year already have funded classrooms in their building and these will come as additions. All the classrooms in a grade at a specific school are not funded at once.

All schools with currently funded classrooms have funded kindergarten classes, and only three schools on that list have classrooms being funded from kindergarten through the 3rd grade.

Mary Claire is a reporting intern.

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