A partnership program of the Alabama Partnership for Children

Read Right from the Start

A partnership program of the Alabama Partnership for Children

Read Right from the Start

by Lauren Till

Read Right from the Start is an online training program for teachers of children from birth to eight years of age. This research-based professional development program contains interactive, video-based coursework, which is focused on practical strategies teachers can use to promote young children’s language and literacy.

Who should apply to participate?

Any one working with children from birth to pre-k in the state of Alabama, who wishes to enhance their skills to help children develop strong language and literacy skills.

How does Read Right from the Start work?

First register to participate using the online form below. Once you submit this application, you will be automatically directed to the Cox Campus website to complete your registration, and begin taking the online courses. Choose the track most relevant to you (infants/toddlers OR pre-k), and start learning!

Are there any incentives?

Yes. Participants are eligible for a one-time $100 incentive if they meet the following criteria: 1) must be a early childhood educator working in a licensed child care program; 2) must complete at least five (5) hours of online training; and 3) one of those completed courses must be a "Power of Language" course. Participants will submit certificates of completion issued after each course completion to Alabama Partnership for Children at This incentive is conditional upon the availability of funds. Preliminary application for incentive is at the bottom of the web page.

  • To increase the education and effectiveness of early childhood professionals, child care workers and parents to help develop the foundational language and literacy skills from the moment even before a baby is born
  • To raise awareness of the value of the early childhood education profession, and the value to the community when all children have the best developmental start in life
  • To enhance the quality of early learning settings throughout Alabama
  • To promote professionalism and ongoing professional development
  • To decrease the turnover rate in early learning settings


  • More training and education leading to greater outcomes for child development
  • Professional contacts and networks are developed
  • The ability to mentor others, including parents, so the developmental activities can become a part of every moment every day for the child
  • To be a hero in the community by helping close the achievement gap, so that ALL Alabama children will enter school prepared for success

Sponsoring Programs:

  • Enhancement of the quality of their early learning programs
  • Enhancement of the quality of the staff
  • Forming stronger relationships with parents and caregivers
  • Reduced staff turnover

Children and Parents:

  • Trust that your child’s teachers are well-trained and educated in early developmental and educational strategies
  • Confidence in the knowledge of their child’s important developmental milestones
  • Knowledge of resources for language and literacy development, and the ability to recognize any developmental delays early
  • Strengthening the bond between you and your child, not to mention the increase in fun watching your child progress and interact with you

In order to be eligible to receive the incentive:

  • Must work at a licensed child care / early childhood learning facility, or family child care home in Alabama. Please note if you were working with young children, birth to 5 in an Alabama ECE center or home as of March 16, 2020, and prior to the COVID-19 child care shutdown, this $100 incentive is for you!
  • Must complete at least five (5) hours of course work; you may select either the Infants and Toddlers track, or the Preschool and Pre-K track
  • Must include completion of the “Power of Language” course among the required 5-hour minimum
  • Must submit completed course certificates to Alabama Partnership for Children at
  • Must submit a completed W-9 form

It is now required for the Alabama Partnership for Children to collect a W-9 tax form from each individual completing the incentive program.  The W-9 is needed from each recipient so that if necessary, a 1099 tax form can be sent to you for tax reporting purposes at the end of the year. Please note that the W-9 is for our financial records only, but we must receive the form back in order for you to receive the incentive from our agency.


Incentive information can be found here. Directions for signing your W-9 can be found here.

The completed W-9 must be mailed to:

Alabama Partnership for Children
ATTN: Collie Wells
2595 Bell Road
Montgomery, AL 36117


Contact Collie Wells via or if you need assistance, or if you need verification of what needs to be done. Email is the best form of communication as our office is currently closed.

*Please allow 60 days for processing of the incentive payments.

You may take as many courses as you like — they are free! And you can take them at your own pace. The videos are formatted to be easy to view, and in short segments.

Major funding for this incentive program is provided by the Alabama Department of Human Resources, the Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education, and the Alabama Department of Mental Health; and by private funding from the Daniel Foundation of Alabama, the Mike and Gillian Goodrich Foundation, the Protective Life Foundation, the PNC Foundation, and the Alabama Civil Justice Foundation.


This project 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.

Apply now using the form below.

Participant Resources:

RRFTS Year 1 Evaluation

Alabama Course Credit Letter

RRFTS Incentive Flyer

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