First Class Pre-K
Did you know that there are currently openings in St. Clair County's Pre-K programs in Ashville, Moody, and Springville? If your child was four years old on or before September 1, 2020 they are eligible! Use the link below to register:
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:
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:
St. Clair County Pre-K Facebook Page
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Pre-K Lottery and Registration
Each spring, a public lottery is announced for the Pre-K program. Children must be registered through Alabama Pre-K Connect to be eligible for the lottery. Students should be registered for the school they are zoned to attend. Each year the drawing will continue untill all students that registered are drawn for a classroom or drawn for the Pre-K waiting list.
The 2020-2021 Pre-K lottery was held on March 17. Due to the increased risks of health concerns, the St. Clair County Pre K lottery was not open to the public. However, it was monitored by the Department of Early Childhood Education and videotaped.
Pre-K registration will remain open throughout the year with those who register being added to the waiting list in order of registration and added to classrooms as positions become available.
To register your Pre-K student please use the link below:
Once you are selected and register online for your location in Powerschool, please 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 to determine if your child is eligible for benefits.Beginning Tuesday September 8, 2020 and lasting through December 31, 2020 (or until USDA expires these benefits) ALL St. Clair County students, regardless of their lunch status (free, reduced, or full paid) will receive breakfast and lunch for FREE everyday. Once this benefit ends, your child will resume paying based on their eligibility status. Children not enrolled may also benefit from these meals. Please call 594-2022 for information on which sites will be serving to all children 18 years and younger.We encourage you to 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.
Complete your 2020-2021 Application ONLINE today! Use St Clair County Board of Education as the District name at www.ezmealapp.com
First Class Pre-K Reopening and Operating Framework Guidelines
Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic period St. Clair County's Pre-K program will follow the guidelines set forth by the St. Clair County School system and the Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education. More information can be found by folling the link below:
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.