Office of School Readiness
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The Office of School Readiness is dedicated to
ensuring that Alabama’s children are prepared for school success and lifelong learning through voluntary, high quality pre-k programs.
Please click title above to access 2013-2104 Request for Proposals for new First Class Pre-K Classrooms
Deadline is Monday, May 6, 2013, at 5:00 p.m.
Ensuring that Alabama’s children are prepared for school success and lifelong learning through voluntary high quality Pre-K programs
Alabama's First Class Pre-K Program Adopts Comprehensive AssessmentThe First Class Pre-K Program has adopted the Teaching Strategies GOLD as a comprehensive assessment of children's progress in their pre-kindergarten year. For more information about the GOLD assessment, go to the Touring Guide by clicking here.
To see how the GOLD aligns with Alabama's Developmental Standards for Preschool Children, click here.
To see how the GOLD aligns with Alabama's College and Career Readiness standards in English/ Language Arts, click here. For the Math alignment, click here.
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Information for First Class Sites and Grantees
2012-2013 Operating Guidelines, Appendix and Explanation of Changes are now online. Click one of the links below to access the information.
2012-2013 List of OSR Pre-K Grantees
Grantee Training PowerPoint to explain changes
2012-2013 Operating Guidelines
General Appendix (documents referred to in guidelines)
Site Budget Worksheet (Excel format)
Site Budget Worksheet (PDF format if Excel does not work)
Beason-Hammon Compliance Certificate EXAMPLE
To register students using STI iNow, click link to instructions below:
iNow Student Registration Instructions
First Class Pre-K iNow page:
Video explaining enrollment process:
The Office of School Readiness and the Special Education Division of the Alabama State Department of Education are proud to release the newest version of
The Office of School Readiness (OSR) was created by Alabama Legislation in the 2000 Legislative session. It was created to establish collaborations at the state and local levels that will provide Alabama's four-year-old children with effective early childhood experiences and prepare them for school. The goal of the office is to achieve voluntary pre-kindergarten in Alabama by enhancing existing and establishing new pre-kindergarten programs.
In 2000-2001, OSR funded eight pilot pre-kindergarten programs in DeKalb, Escambia, Hale, Lawrence, Lee, Mobile, Montgomery, and Talladega counties. These counties were selected by a group of five state Commissioners based upon the existence of on-going successful collaboration between programs at the local level. We currently have 215 programs.
OSR works in collaboration with several local and state agencies. It advocates, provides technical assistance and teacher training, and funds quality four-year-old classrooms that are taught by certified teachers. Classroom staff are required to collaborate with local early care and public school system professionals, obtain professional development training, involve parents in classroom activity, assess child outcomes, and ensure that children receive health screenings and physical examinations.