First Class Pre-K

The Rotary Youth Club received one of 122 prestigious Alabama First Class Pre-K grants in the spring of 2017, allowing us to continue our successful pilot program. The $85,000 three-year grant brings to fruition the Club’s longtime commitment to education and opportunity for learners of all ages in the community.

From 8am to 2:30pm each weekday, 18 4-year olds bring backpacks, lunch totes and young minds ready to soak up the day with seasoned Auxiliary teacher Tylesha Gulley.

Qualifying for the state grant meant intense training in Alabama’s nationally recognized results-based curriculum. Rotary Youth Club's Pre K program is all about play-based learning. While students are busy having fun, they’re also learning to problem solve, build math and literacy skills and more. First Class Pre-K teaches students to build relationships in a fun positive atmosphere.

Alabama’s First Class Pre-K is consistently named best in the country, in large part due to its attention to detail. Each grant class is assigned a monitor and coach to help maintain records, work out budgets, curriculum ideas and support as needed. Qualifying for the grant required an age-specific, developmentally-focused Pre-K playground along with a lengthy list of learning tools, play materials and software.