Marching with FOCAL Sign

Marching with FOCAL Sign


FOCAL is deeply concerned about the ability of child care programs to stay in business and to continue to provide quality child care for the children of Alabama. We have heard from many providers about several issues concerning the child care delivery system in Alabama.

FOCAL is conducting a survey in order to have the facts to better advocate for children, families, and child care providers in Alabama. Your cooperation in helping our outreach efforts is important to us and we want to have a clear picture of the current state of child care in our communities.

Please take fifteen minutes to fill out the online survey  or print the Child Care Provider Outreach Form and mail it to FOCAL, PO Box 214 Montgomery, AL 36101. You may fax (334-264-5649), scan and email (

What you share can change the economics of child care in Alabama. Please fill out a survey and return it immediately. We’re counting on you!

Investments in early education are the most cost effective way to prevent problems in education, health, social and economic productivity and we applaud our licensed Alabama providers for their contributions to society.

FOCAL understands that “Child Care Keeps Alabama Working.”

Thank you for your support.

Click HERE for the online survey


Print and mail/email fax the Child Care Provider Outreach Form and send it to FOCAL, PO Box 214 Montgomery, AL 36101. You may also fax 334-264-5649 or scan and email to

Please call 334-262-3456 if you have any questions or concerns.





The SOS Movement for Truth and Justice

Launches ACA/Medicaid Expansion Campaign


The linked Save Our Selves Movement Expand Medicaid Petition  is for you to sign and to gather signatures from hundreds of others.   Our goal is 10,000 signatures to push Governor Bentley to use his power to provide medical coverage to 200,000 people in the state of Alabama that fall into the “coverage gap” between Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act, of whom 152,000 are working and yet have no medical coverage.


People need to speak their wishes to elected officials, letting them know what they want. Medicaid Expansion is one of many key issues, but the timing gives it a particular urgency.  The lack of understanding on the part of the public about the Affordable Health Care Law and the significance of Medicaid Expansion leave people deprived of information about what is in their best interest. 

Recruit and rally participants through presentations across the State:  Churches, festivals, town halls, conferences, community events, salons and barber shops.This campaign will also educate and inform the people of Alabama about the changes that are taking place, the impact on their lives and what they can do to make a difference.


Governor Bentley do the right thing. Expand Medicaid and insure health care to over 200,000 Alabamians, including 152,000 who are working and still have no medical coverage.


 Circulate petitions and gather signatures now! 

Save Our Selves Movement Expand Medicaid Petition

 The petitions are due May 23. 

Please mail to FOCAL, PO Box 214, Montgomery, AL 36101 or bring them to the FOCAL Office, 3703 Rosa Parks Avenue, Montgomery, AL 36105. 

For more information, call Tee Barnes or Deborah Thomas at 334-262-3456.

Lift Your Voice at the Equal Voice Alabama (EVA) Birmingham Town Hall on February 22nd!

January 27, 2014


We are building a movement of working families to address the issues that working families consider most important. Why? We believe that the pathway to a better quality of life does not start in Washington, D.C., but starts in your community, home, and most of all, in you, your heart, your mind, and your imagination.  We believe [...]

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Congratulations to the Alabama 2013 SRBWI Hall of Fame Inductees!

January 23, 2014

Alabama SRBWI 2013 Hall of Fame Photo

L-R Seated (2013 Hall of Fame Inductees) Faya Ora Rose Toure, Sylvia Gwen Hall Franklin, Rosetta Marsh Anderson, Lula Sellers Palmer, Yvonne D. Hampton L-R Standing Callie Greer, Sophia Bracy Harris, Georgette Norman, Sheryl Threadgill Matthews, Dr. Billie Jean Young (2009 Hall of Fame), Deborah Thomas The Hall of Fame Ceremony was hosted at the [...]

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Save the Date! January 18th, 2014: The Alabama SRBWI Hall of Fame at the Rosa Parks Museum

December 1, 2013

Carolyn McKinstry SRBW HOF 2011

Dear Alabama SRBWI Members and Friends,       January 18, 2014 at 3:30 pm at the Rosa Parks Museum, 252 Montgomery St. Montgomery, AL 36104     Please contact Ms. Deborah Thomas at 334-262-3456 if you have any questions about the event.    Pictured is Ms. Carolyn Maull McKinstry, a 2011 SRBWI Hall of [...]

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FOCAL’s 41st Annual Conference Weekend Success!

November 11, 2013

FOCAL had an incredibly thought-provoking and meaningful 41st Annual Conference Weekend! Our theme this year was Family Engagement: Building Sustainable Health, Wealth and Spiritual Healing. We thank all our FOCAL family and friends for coming out and making it a memorable weekend. Enjoy the photos and video clip and have a Happy Thanksgiving from the [...]

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Dr. Joy DeGruy from the Cracking the Codes Film Is FOCAL’s 41st Annual Conference Keynote Speaker!

November 10, 2013

FOCAL is delighted to bring Dr. Joy DeGruy to Montgomery as our 41st Annual Conference keynote speaker on November 16th, 2013 at Troy University Montgomery. Participants from the Raising the Curtain on Race Conference will remember Dr. Joy from Dr. Shakti Butler’s (last year’s keynote) groundbreaking film on race and privilege, Cracking the Codes. Dr. [...]

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Where It All Began: Mentoring Youth in the 21st Century

November 8, 2013

Young Ladies of Castleberry Development Center

Left to right: Tanae Rankin, Kyleta Ball, Brittany Jenkins, Jacinda Wiley, Darniqua Bowen and Kyrius Scott Written By: Ms. Mary Moncrease Ola Ball, Lula Palmer, and myself saw a 50 year old school that was overgrown with trees, weeds, sticks and brush and reconstructed it so that it could be a center of learning and [...]

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Read All About It: FOCAL’s Fall Newsletter is Here!

November 8, 2013

Check out our Family and Youth Engagement themed Fall 2013 Newsletter where we feature community actors who are improving their lives and and the lives of their families! Read it here: FOCALpoint Newsletter Fall 2013

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Alabama Southern Rural Black Women Hall of Fame Nominations Open Until November 15th!

October 29, 2013

Carolyn McKinstry SRBW HOF 2011

FOCAL encourages you to nominate a woman for the 2013 Southern Rural Black Women’s Hall of Fame. The SRBWI Hall of Fame is a mechanism that allows us to capture the many stories, acts of courage, and life’s work that have made and continue to make a difference in our communities. YOU can nominate a [...]

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