Alabama Preschool Survey

National Surveys reveals state funded preschool programs serve more children, although are spending less per child.

The state of Alabama even has high standards for such a program, but the problem is nearly non-existent.

Every year hundreds of thousands of kindergarten children begin their first day of classes, many of whom have never stepped foot in a classroom before.

Kindergarten teacher Elso Bolado said pre-k helps students better prepare for kindergarten.

“I've seen too many kids in kindergarten who aren't prepared to learn they don't have the academic skills to keep them engaged in learning what's being taught, and they don't have the language and social skills needed to interact with kids their own age,” said Bolado.

Nationwide enrollment is up for pre-k programs, but according to a recent survey done by the National Institute for Early Education, some states do not treat pre-school as real education.

Steve Barnett at National Institute for Early Education Research said, “Alabama, our study found that spending per child is down more than $500 since 2003. Alabama ranks 37th out of 38 states, with state-funded pre-school programs on enrollment with four-year-olds.”

According to statistics, last year only 972 four-year-olds enrolled in Alabama’s pre-k program out of nearly 60,000 statewide.

Oklahoma is the only state that offers pre-school to a majority of its four-year-olds and is the only state that met all 10 pre-k requirements.