Announcing Our Family Favorites 2024

Welcome to the July/August 2024 issue of Birmingham Parent, where we’ll share the Family Favorites winners for 2024 and back-to-school information—all in one issue. We appreciate you picking up this issue or reading it online.

This year’s Family Favorites have a lot of NEW winners than in years past. Sure, you’ll see some repeat winners, but we’ve got a number of new ones and some surprises as well. We’re also announcing the winner of that great OWA trip for a family of four. A thank you prize for voting.

This is likely the last year Family Favorites will look exactly like this. The promotion will continue in 2025, but the timing may be different. You will likely be asked to choose nominees and then vote from the list of nominees next time. Watch for announcements from us about the new and improved contest for 2025. It will be even bigger and better!

Congratulations to all our winners!

In this issue, you’ll also find a story about the CHOOSE Act that passed in Alabama in April of this year. Educators and parents have yet to learn much about it, but the Alabama Department of Revenue and the Governor’s office shared some of the details on this law that will begin in the 2025-2026 school year.

If you’re already thinking about school, we’ve gone to the Alabama Department of Public Health and obtained details about immunizations that students in public schools in Alabama must have. As always, check with your child’s doctor and school–public, private, charter, etc.–for individual requirements.

There is so much more in this issue, from the Women Under Construction non-profit organization we profiled to our calendar of events highlights and the things we love. Don’t miss a page of this issue. And if you are reading our print issue, remember there is even more online at, including tons of calendar items that didn’t miss the highlights, additional articles and so much more.

And be sure to put our back-to-school event at Vestavia Hills Civic Center on Saturday, August 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on your calendar. Admission is FREE. It’s a great, informative and fun event for the whole family!

See you there!

Carol Muse Evans

Member, Alabama Media Professionals and National Federation of Press Women

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ABOUT THE EDITOR: Carol Muse Evans is associate editor of Birmingham Parent. She is an award-winning writer and editor who also works as a freelance writer/editor. She has a degree in Journalism from Auburn University, is married with two grown children and lives in Clanton, Alabama.