A state supported pre-K program for children who are four years old before September 1 is available on the Shoals Campus. 

First Class Pre-K (Alabama’s Voluntary Pre-K Program)

Alabama’s nationally recognized First Class Pre-K is preparing for another exciting school year!

  • Accepting online pre-registration applications for 2021-2022 school year (for assistance with acc
  • Accepting online pre-registration applications for 2022-2023 school year (for assistance with accessing online application contact local school/program)
  • Enrollment open to all children four years of age on or before 9/1/22* who are residents of the state of Alabama (children who are eligible for kindergarten are ineligible)
  • Enrollees must provide a copy of the child’s birth certificate (may be uploaded into the online pre-registration site or submitted directly to the local school/program)
  • Enrollees must provide proof of residence – either a current utility bill or copy of a lease or mortgage (may be uploaded into the online pre-registration site or submitted directly to the local school/program)
  • Public school system pre-k programs may have zoning requirements that determine eligibility to attend a program at a particular school (contact school for information)
  • No Registration Fee for this program​
  • Upon enrollment, child’s immunization record must be provided
  • No child will be denied participation on basis of income, sex, race, color, national origin, or disability

2022-2023 Pre-Registration Dates (January 15 – March 30)

  • Forms – Go online to https://prek.alaceed.alabama.gov.  Complete the Pre-Registration Form and submit birth certificate and proof of residence. 
  • More Information – visit www.children.alabama.gov and see Pre-Registration Info under First Class Pre-K.
  • Acceptance to the Program – Acceptance is strictly through random drawing to be held on March 31 at 1:00 p.m. at NW-SCC CDC.  Parent/Guardian does not have to be present at drawing.  Notices will be emailed in mid April.

View the Pre-K Registration Flyer

*An opinion of the Attorney General states in effect that under the common law one’s age is computed by including the day of birth so that a given age is attained the day before the birthday anniversary – Ala. Code 16-28-4(1975) interpretation based on Report of Attorney General of Alabama October-December 1963, Volume 113, page 20.