For 13 consecutive years, the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) has named Alabama’s First Class
Pre-K program “best in the nation.”
Born Ready is an initiative from the Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education (ADECE) focused on raising awareness among Alabama parents of the importance of early brain development and high quality early care and education. The mission of ADECE is to inspire, support, and deliver cohesive, comprehensive systems of high quality education and care so that all Alabama children thrive and learn. Born Ready is not only developed to inform parents, it’s developed to empower them and give them access to the tools they need to be their children’s first and best teacher.
“[Alabama has the] only pre-kindergarten program in the country that comes close to having all the elements of a strong pre-k program.”
- National Institute for Early Education Research
We’ve partnered with Vroom.org to help provide parents with tips and activities created by industry leading experts. Vroom makes the science of early learning simple! Remember these 5 easy Brain Building Basics™ to help build your child’s brain anytime.
Young children learn best when you follow their lead. Tune into your child’s words, sounds, movements, and ideas! Then respond with your own words and actions.
Children learn from taking turns when you play, talk, or explore. After they go, take your turn. Then repeat: they go, you go, they go, you go!
Children use their eyes to learn. See what catches your child’s attention and talk about it. Or connect eye-to-eye, then smile, chat, hug, or make funny faces!
Children’s brains light up when you talk, sing, or make sounds back and forth with them. Chat about your day, food, and what’s around you, or string sounds together for a fun conversation!
Children’s brains grow strong when you help them stretch their learning further. Keep a moment going: ask your child a question that starts with what, when, where, how, or why!
95% of a child’s brain develops from birth through age five.
The Lasting Impact of High Quality Early Care and Education
Reduction in Crime
Boosted Academic & Economic Achievement
Lasting Effects on IQ
Reduced Incidences of Chronic Disease & Obesity
Increased Labor Income
Born Ready™ was made possible by grant number 90TP0065-01-00. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official view of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families.