Registration is now open fo the First Class Pre-K Program at the YMCA Youth Center. Through a grant from the Office of School Readiness, the YMCA of Greater Birmingham’s Youth Center will be able to provide this opportunity to 18 additional students. The only requirement to enroll in this program is that the child must be four years old as of September 1, 2017.
Parents can pre-register by clicking this link and entering the code 467595 as the site code. A current utility bill is needed as proof of Alabama residency. The selection is random, and little ones who aren’t selected will be put on a waiting list.
The random selection drawing will be held on July 25 at 6 p.m. at the YMCA Youth Center, which is located at 2400 7th Ave. North, Birmingham, AL 35203. Families do not have to be present for their child to receive a placement.
The First Class Pre-K program is state-funded and has been awarded the highest quality rating by the National Institute for Early Education Research for the past eight years. First Class Pre-K prepares its young students for school success and lifelong learning.
For 11 years in a row, Alabama’s First Class Pre-K program, which is managed by the Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education, has been ranked the number one state-funded pre-kindergarten program in the country for quality by the National Institute for Early Childhood Education. The new classrooms will increase the overall size of Alabama’s First Class Pre-K program to 938 classrooms. However, that is only enough classrooms to enroll approximately 16,884 four-year-olds or 28 percent of all four-year- old children.
More than 2,100 additional four-year-old children will be able to enroll in a high-quality, voluntary Alabama First Class Pre-K program next fall, according to Governor Ivey’s announcement that the state will add 122 new First Class classrooms next school year. Office of School Readiness defines school readiness as a condition whereby children enter school with an enthusiasm for learning, an ability to function in a social setting, age-appropriate communication, and problem-solving skills, age-appropriate physical and emotional skills, and optimal health.
Please note: Acceptance to the program is through a random selection process. The registered applicant must meet residency requirements and complete the essential documents set forth by the program. The registered child must be 4 on or before September 1, 2017. Children who are eligible to enroll in kindergarten are not eligible to register. Children will not be denied participation on the basis of income, sex, race, color, national origin or disability.