First Class Pre-K
2022-2023 is open!
Please click the link below to register.
Students drawn in the March lottery have been notified. Students who are added will be notified as spaces become available.
About the St. Clair County Pre-K Program
The St. Clair County Pre-K handbook is available to provide information concerning the program. The handbook can be viewed using the following link:
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St. Clair County Board of Education
The St. Clair County Board of Education and the Alabama Office of School Readiness with the support of the Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education continue to operate and offer quality Pre-K classrooms in the St. Clair County School System for the 2022-2023 academic year. We have a total of 18 Pre-Kindergarten classes in St. Clair County. District zoning requirements are in effect for this program. Please register for the school in which you are zoned. If you are unsure of the school zone in which you reside, please call the board office at 205-594-7131 or your local elementary school.
Online Pre-Registration for next year’s 2022-2023 St. Clair County Pre-K classrooms at Ashville Elementary, Margaret Elementary, Moody Elementary, Odenville Elementary, Ragland Elementary, Springville Elementary and Steele Jr. High will be available on our district website www.sccboe.org and the Alabama Department of Early Childhood, https://prek.alaceed.alabama.gov beginning Saturday, January 15, 2022. Pre-Registration forms must be completed online by Friday, March 15, 2022 to be eligible for the random drawing. Any registrations after this date will automatically be placed on the wait list. Applicants must be four years of age on or before September 1, 2022.
We will draw 16 students for each classroom. The remaining students will continue to be drawn and numbered in the order they are drawn. This will be the order of the waiting list as new students are added to a classroom. Our goal is to have 18 students in each classroom, but we must make sure we can meet the needs of all students before we add. NOTE: If a program has multiple birth siblings (twins, triplets, etc.) all names should be placed in the drawing separately. If one, but not all, multiple birth siblings are drawn before the classroom cap at 16, the drawing should cease at this point and the 1 or 2 multiple birth siblings should be added to the classroom roster to reach full classroom enrollment.
The tuition for the class will be on a sliding scale. Students with free or reduced child nutrition status will pay $10.00 per week and full paid child nutrition status will pay $25.00 per week. The hours of the Pre-K programs are from 7:30-2:00. Pre-Kindergarten students are not eligible to ride a school bus with different age students; therefore parents/guardians are responsible for transportation to and from school. We do not offer before or after school care for Pre-Kindergarten students.
The 2022-2023 Pre-K classes will be selected by a random selection drawing on March 23, 2022 at the St. Clair County Board of Education office in Ashville. Due to Covid restrictions, the drawing will be closed to the public. A representative from the Department of Early Childhood will be available to monitor virtually. Classroom teachers will notify parents in early April that their child was selected for a class and provide additional information regarding the program including a listing of required forms for enrolling in St. Clair County Schools. In addition, parents will be required to respond to an email from the St. Clair County Board of Education to formally accept or decline for the program.
If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Tice, Pre-Kindergarten Administrator (email@example.com) or Melanie Stone, Pre-Kindergarten Administrative Assistant (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call St. Clair County Board of Education at 205-594-7131.
St. Clair County Schools do not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, national origin, creed, age, marital status, in or disability in educational programs, activities, or employment policies as required by Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Title IX of the 1972 Educational Amendments and Section 504 of the Federal Requirements Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
To learn more about the Office of School Readiness Pre-K grants go to http://children.alabama.gov/
Alabama's First Class Pre-K program has been ranked the best in the nation for the 15th year in a row! Read the articles below for more exciting information.
About the St. Clair County Pre-K Program
The St. Clair County Board of Education has been in partnership with the Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education since 2007. St. Clair County currently has 18 classrooms throughout the county. Alabama leads the nation in ensuring quality while expanding program access. Alabama's strong quality policies result in high quality learning experiences and teaching, higher than research finds as a national average. The links below contain important information concerning Alabama's First Class Pre-K Program:
The Transition from Pre-K to Kindergarten
The transition from the Pre-K program to Kindergarten is a big step for our little ones. There are a number of things you can do as a parent to ensure the transition is smoothe for your child. Click the link below to learn about how you can help create a more successful transition:
When you are selected and register online for your location in Powerschool, you can also fill out the Free/Reduced Lunch Application. Filling out this application will help your school receive an accurate classification and may even increase funding while also helping your family out by granting your student either free or reduced meal prices. Pre-K tuition is based on Free/Reduced Meal status. A new Free/Reduced Meal Application MUST be completed each school year for interested families to determine if your child is eligible for benefits.If you are interested please complete a Free/Reduced Meal application as soon as possible to see if you qualify for assistance and to avoid a lapse in benefits when the free meal program ends.
Follow the link below to complete the application:
Starting at Zero
The award-winning documentary film, “Starting at Zero: Reimagining Education in America,” focuses on Alabama’s nationally-recognized First Class Pre-K program and highlights state leaders, including Governor Ivey, who continue to strongly support the expansion of and prioritize investment in high quality early learning and care programs.
The documentary was filmed at locations throughout Alabama in 2017-2019 and prominently features First Class Pre-K and First Teacher Home Visiting educators, Department staff, and business and community stakeholders.