201027-HOWELL GRAVES PRE-SCHHOOL-4

Claire Isbell, a teacher at Howell Graves Preschool in Muscle Shoals, goes over writing skills with her class. [PATRICK HOOD/TIMESDAILY]

MONTGOMERY — Kindergarten isn’t mandatory in Alabama and concerns about the safety of in-person learning and the challenges of online instruction for young children appear to be driving down enrollment statewide.

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