Alabama Governor Bob Riley wants to give children a head start on education.
Alabama's Pre-K program is rated one of the best in the country, but only gets enough funds to reach about two percent of the state's four-year-olds.
Pre-K programs have a curriculum designed to teach reading, math, and social skills. It also provides meals to the students, health screenings and access to social services.
Teachers at Brenda’s Preparatory School in Dothan feel their students show vast numbers of improvement from the time they enter to the time they leave the program; and children across the state should experience the same.
"I think that’s why its so important that we get more funds because I think all children need this. There's no way we can with the current funds, meet all the needs of the children throughout the state. It's very important that children get involved with Pre-K," says Brenda Guilford.
Governor Riley’s plan to advance Pre-K programs has to pass the Alabama legislature, and after that, it will take a while to get completely underway.