About Pre-K

  • Children who turn four years old by Sept. 1 of the attendance year are eligible to enroll in Pre-K in the Title I elementary school located in the attendance zone where they live. Pre-K is available in Title I schools only, and classes are limited. The Pre-K application period is during the month of February prior to the attendance year. To register your child for Pre-K you must have your child’s Certified Birth Certificate, Social Security Card, and two proofs of residence with the physical address of your residence (not a post office box). To download the current flyer in English please click this link.  To download the current flyer in Spanish please click this link.

Pre-K (OSR) The Office of School Readiness

  • First Class: Alabama's Voluntary Pre-K is part of the Office of School Readiness within the Alabama Department and is charged with administering Alabama’s state funded Pre-K program. OSR funds First Class Pre-K classrooms through a competitive grant process and administers the program in a variety of settings that include:
    · Public schools
    · Private childcare and schools
    · Head Start programs
    · Community-based programs
    · Faith-based programs
    · Military programs

    OSR was created in the 2000 legislative session. In the first year of operation, OSR funded eight pilot Pre-Kindergarten programs. Currently, OSR funds over 1,000 Pre-K classrooms and supports the professional development of a high quality workforce through education, training, and on-site coaching.
    High Quality Pre-K Alabama’s state funded First Class Pre-K program, has been awarded the highest quality rating by the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) for the past twelve years. OSR is dedicated to working with Pre-K programs to ensure that Alabama’s 4-year-olds have access to high quality childhood learning experiences that prepare Alabama children for school success and readiness. Research shows that children benefit the most from high quality  early learning experiences. OSR works with classrooms to promote those high quality experiences in Alabama.


Pre-K Inclusion Program

  • INCLUSION: The preschool inclusion classroom will consist of preschool children with special needs and non-disabled/typical preschool students. Class size is limited so that each child can benefit from a small group and more individualized instruction.

    Children enrolled have the opportunity to attend a high-quality preschool program at a discounted rate as well as benefit from learning how to celebrate and appreciate the diversity of others.
    Please contact Special Services at (251) 972-6854 or email Dawn Frenette (dfrenette@bcbe.org) with questions. #baldwinproud

Pre-K Inclusion Information