Gov. Kay Ivey visited Auburn yesterday as part of her “Strong Start, Strong Finish” education initiative. Ivey cut the ribbon at the Auburn Daycare Center to recognize a new First-Class Pre-K classroom. 18 children are enrolled in this Alabama First Class Pre-K class, which is located in the Auburn Housing Authority Complex. First Class Pre-K is part of the Office of School Readiness within the Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education. The program has received the highest quality rating from the National Institute for Early Education Research for the past 11 years, according to the state’s website. “Alabama’s preschool program is a crown jewel in our state,” Ivey said. “It is recognized as one of the very best in our nation.” The governor was joined by state and local educators and elected officials including Auburn Daycare Center Director Frixie Melton, Auburn Mayor Bill Ham and Sen. Tom Whatley.