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New Tennessee Valley classrooms funded by state P-3 approach to early learning

MONTGOMERY – As the school year winds down and classrooms are empty, several north Alabama schools will have new Pre-K to third-grade classrooms for the upcoming school year, thanks to a state program.

The seven area schools are among 17 statewide that will have 64 new classrooms funded through the Pre-K through 3rd Grade Integrated Approach to Early Learning (P-3) for the 2024-25 school year.

This will bring the number of classrooms impacted by the P-3 approach to 413 in 29 counties. The Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education and the Alabama State Department of Education are working together to align instructional practices, assessments and leadership from pre-K through third grade.

The goal of the P-3 approach, now moving into its eighth year, is to expand the early learning continuum from first class Pre-K through third grade.

“What started in 2017 with 35 classrooms has now grown into a seamless learning continuum for students from pre-K to third grade,” said Gov. Kay Ivey. “As part of my Strong Start, Strong Finish initiative, this program ensures a comprehensive educational approach that aligns and integrates with student learning during the crucial years when children experience the greatest growth potential.”

The area recipient schools are:

  • New Bethel Elementary School in Colbert County
  • Howell Graves Preschool in Colbert County
  • G.W. Trenholm Primary School in Colbert County
  • Parkside Elementary School in Cullman County
  • Lauderdale Elementary School in Lauderdale County
  • Underwood Elementary School in Lauderdale County
  • Boaz Elementary School in Marshall County
  • Barkley Bridge Elementary School in Morgan County

“This successful partnership with local school systems and the Alabama State Department of Education is one of the many examples of the great work going on around the state to ensure that more children have access to high-quality, age appropriate learning that provides a solid foundation for the long-term success of Alabama’s young learners,” said Jan Hume, acting secretary of the Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education.

The Alabama Pre-K–3rd Grade Integrated Approach to Early Learning builds upon student success and narrows the achievement gap by expanding access to Alabama’s high-quality pre-k model. P-3 is funded by the Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education through the governor’s Strong Start, Strong Finish education initiative.

For more information, visit children.alabama.gov/for-educators/pre-k-3rd-grade-early-learning/

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