FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MONTGOMERY—Following the announcement by Gov. Robert Bentley this morning that Alabama’s highly successful pre-kindergarten program was expanding to more than 1,500 4-year olds around the state, BCA president and CEO William J. Canary released the following statement in support of the expansion:
“Alabama’s voluntary First Class Pre-k program is ranked as one of the best in the country and today’s announcement that more than 1,500 4-year olds will now have access to an early education is a huge victory for these children, their families and Alabama.
“Every $1 spent on high-quality pre-k programs creates $7-$9 in future savings to the communities and states that invest. Children with quality early learning opportunities are more likely to read at grade level, graduate from high school, earn more money and contribute more tax dollars. This is a win-win scenario for everyone.”
For years, the expansion of pre-k in Alabama has been a top priority of the BCA. The 2013 State Legislative Agenda called for an increased funding for pre-k educational programs administered by certifiably trained staff, and to ensure that the programs demonstrate student academic preparedness for kindergarten through required appropriate accountability measures. This year the legislature appropriated an additional $9.4 million to the program.
The Business Council of Alabama is Alabama’s foremost voice for business. The BCA is a non-partisan statewide business association representing the interests and concerns of nearly one million working Alabamians through its member companies and its partnership with the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama. BCA is Alabama’s exclusive affiliate to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers.
Contact: Nathan Lindsay (334) 834-6000