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Child Care

Helping Ensure Children Enter School

Ready to Learn and Succeed


  • Early Head Start Child Care Partnerships

  • Moving4Ward First Class PreK

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Early childhood learning provides a strong foundation for children’s early development, offers vital support to families and contributes to breaking the cycle of poverty by helping children reach their full potential.

Children who participate in a high-quality early learning environment are:

More likely

To perform better in school

To enroll in secondary education

To be gainfully employed

And less likely

To be held back in school

To participate in criminal activity

To be dependent on public assistance

Early Head Start Child Care Partnerships

Early Head Start Child Care Partnerships bring together the best of both worlds – combining the strengths of child care and Early Head Start programs. Benefits for children and families inlcude:

  • Low child-to-teacher ratios and smaller, high-quality educational environments.

  • Developmental screening and referral to needed medical, dental, nutrition, vision and mental health services.

  • Provision of diapers and formula.

  • Access to home visits, parent engagement activities and family support workers who help the family meet its goals.

The Early Head Start Child Care Partnership sites are eligibility-based programs. Please refer to the Eligibility Verification Form to see what criteria you meet before contacting the center to complete a waiting list application. Your family will be prioritized based on the information you provide. Ages served are 6 weeks to 3 years.

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James Rushton Early Learning Center

5512 1st Avenue South

Birmingham, AL 35212

Director:  Othessa Morris


Pamper Me Nursery Child Development Center

7836 2nd Ave. South

Birmingham, AL 35206

Director:  LaKesha Petty


Moving 4Ward First Class Pre-K

  • Enrollment is open to all children four years of age on or before September 1 of the current calendar year. Children eligible for kindergarten are not eligible.

  • Must be an Alabama resident.

  • No registration fee for this program.

  • Must provide a copy of child’s birth certificate.

  • Must provide proof of residence – either a current utility bill or copy of lease or mortgage.

  • Must provide child’s immunization records upon registration.

  • Acceptance based on random drawing held each year during the month of April. Parents are notified once the process is complete. 

Creative Class

Pre-Registration Dates:

January 15 – March 30 (ongoing)


Central Head Start and Pre-K

243 County Road 75

Rockford, AL 35136

Director:  Jasmine Harrell


Drew Court Head Start and Pre-K

1 Crestline Avenue

Sylacauga, AL 35150

Director:  Belinda Curry


If you are a provider or parent and would like more information on either program, contact us.

Anna Jennings Knight

Director of TCR Early Head Start Partnerships & Pre-K Programs


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