More Alabama children will soon have access to preschool programs.
Alabama is one of 18 states getting new federal grants.
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell announced more than $226 million nationally.
Alabama will get $17.5 million of that.
Federal officials say they expect the grants to help states develop high-quality preschool programs in regionally diverse communities ranging from urban to suburban and rural.
Alabama's first Class Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten Program leads the nation in quality.
Currently, 12 percent of Alabama's 4-year-olds are enrolled.