The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has awarded a $1.7 million grant to the Alabama Department of Human Resources.
Gov. Robert Bentley says the department will use to grant to provide education and training for staff in day care centers and to improve child care services. A department spokesman says the grant will strengthen DHR's Quality Rating and Improvement System, which is being implemented in 150 day care centers across the state. DHR Commissioner Nancy Buckner says one goal is to increase the number of low-income children in high-quality day care programs.
Alabama has more than 1,000 licensed day care centers.
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation is based in Battle Creek, Michigan.