First Class Pre-K
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.
We are proud to announce the addition of an Alabama First Class Pre-K classroom at Steele Junior High School for the 2021-2022 school year! Follow the link below to register.
St. Clair County School's 2021-2022 Pre-K Program Lottery and Registration
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 2021-2022 academic year. There are a total of 18 Pre-Kindergarten classes in St. Clair County. District zoning requirements are in effect for this program. Students must register for the school in which they 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. If a student is registered out of zone, their name will be dropped to the bottom of the wait list. Priority will be given to in zone students. Applicants must be four years of age on or before September 1, 2021.
Online Pre-Registration for the 2021-2022 St. Clair County Pre-K classrooms at Ashville Elementary, Margaret Elementary, Moody Elementary, Odenville Elementary, Ragland Elementary and Springville Elementary was held through March 11, 2021. Students registered by this date were eligible for the Pre-K lottery. Any Pre-Registration forms completed after this date will automatically added to that school's wait list in the order they were received or to a classroom if numbers allow.
The St. Clair County Pre-K lottery took place on Thursday, March 18. Due to Covid precautions the drawing was not open to the public. The lottery involved drawing 16 students for each classroom. Remaining students were drawn and added to each school's wait list in that order. The goal is to have 18 students in each classroom after ensuring the needs of all students can be met.
We are proud to announce the addition of an Alabama First Class Pre-K classroom at Steele Junior High School for the 2021-2022 school year. Registration is currently open for this classroom with immediate openings available.
The tuition for the class is determined by 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.
If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Tice, Pre-Kindergarten Administrator (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Melanie Stone, Pre-Kindergarten Administrative Assistant (email@example.com) 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/
To register your Pre-K student for the 2021-2022 school year please use the following link:
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:
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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, 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.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.
All Pre-K students are required to complete a Free & Reduced Lunch application to determine tuition cost.
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.