How was the Alabama Partnership for Children developed?
In 2000, government officials, service providers, advocates and business leaders came together to discuss and share ideas regarding the enormous needs of Alabama's children. Perhaps the most significant outcome of these meetings was recognition of the need for improving services, streamlining coordination and maximizing available resources. The need for a better synchronized structure for public/private partnerships led to the creation of the Alabama Partnership for Children.

In seeking to meet these challenges, the Alabama Partnership for Children implements the following program areas:
    Early Care & Education - Improving the quality and availability of early learning opportunities for young children and developing and retaining a trained and well-educated early childhood workforce through T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood®.

    Parent Resources
    - Ensuring broad access to and distribution of information to parents through delivery of the Smart Start Parenting Kit.

    Smart Start Partnerships - Creating a state and local coordinated structure surrounding the needs of young children (0-5)

    Public Awareness - Working with all stakeholders to develop a unified message and effective delivery system regarding the importance of the first years of life.

    System Planning and Development
    – Encouraging coordination that will result in a well-developed comprehensive system and effective use of federal, state, local, and private funding through local partnerships and with partners at the state level.