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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 26, 2012
MPS Pre-K Program Participation Exceeds State Average
Registration for 2012-2013 Begins Monday
MONTGOMERY, ALA – As Montgomery Public Schools prepare for the end of this school year,
preparations are already in place for the next. Beginning Monday, children who will be four years old on or
before September 2, 2012 may be eligible for a limited number of pre-k classes at some Title I schools.
Registration will continue through May 28.
While Alabama statistics indicate six percent of four year olds attend pre-k in each school system, Montgomery
Public Schools serve 12 percent of the estimated county’s population that would attend a public pre-school.
MPS has a variety of creative funding strategies using federal monies, grants, and support from the
Montgomery Education Foundation to serve around 400 pre-k students.
Superintendent Barbara W. Thompson believes in the power of pre-k, and that it is actually the first step to
lowering the dropout rate.
“The road to graduation begins on the first day of school,” said Superintendent Thompson. “The students in our
pre-k program will be better prepared for school. Students who enter a pre-k program are more likely to
graduate and less likely to fall behind as they progress through school.”
Montgomery Education Foundation Director Ann Sikes knows the importance of a quality pre-k program.
“The Alabama First Class Standards program used in all MPS pre-k programs has been named the best in
America for the past six years,” said Mrs. Sikes. “Experts agree that a quality pre-k program can ultimately
improve student performance. Research shows that for every dollar invested in pre-k, $10 is saved in extra
remedial services provided to students.”
Pre-k registration for the next school year will begin Monday, April 30 at each school hosting a pre-k program.
The programs will be at the following schools in 2012-2013:
MCKEE PRE-K CENTER for students zoned for the following schools: Brewbaker Primary, Crump
Elementary, Dannelly Elementary, Davis Elementary, Dozier Elementary, Fitzpatrick Elementary, Flowers
Elementary, Floyd Elementary, Highland Avenue Elementary, Johnson Elementary, Morningview Elementary,
Vaughn Road Elementary, and Wares Ferry Elementary.
CARVER ELEMENTARY for students zoned for: Carver Elementary, Chisholm Elementary, Highland
Gardens Elementary, and Nixon Elementary.
MARTIN LUTHER KING ELEMENTARY for students zoned for: MLK Elementary, Catoma Elementary, and
SOUTHLAWN ELEMENTARY for students zoned for Southlawn Elementary, Pintlala Elementary and
Eligible children must be four years old on or before September 2 and parents must present the following documents
at registration at the pre-k site.
Alabama Blue Immunization Certificate (current shot record)
Social Security Card (original)
Proof of Residence (current utility bill with the parent’s name; electric, gas, or water)
Parent and/or Guardian Picture ID
After the registration process has been completed, all students will be screened for eligibility to attend the “Pre-
K” program. Parents will be notified by mail if their child is accepted into the program.
Parents with questions should contact Debra Whitfield at 334-223-6801 or by email at