Investing in early education provides children and families a pathway to success. By investing $57.7 million in early learning during the 2019 Legislative Session, we can make it possible for low-income families to break cycles of intergenerational poverty through education and employment, and prepare children for school to create the foundation for skills needed in 21st century jobs.
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Affordable early education has shown incredible benefits across the country. Access to affordable early education for working families increases educational attainment, allowing parents to pursue higher education, and creates a healthier and wealthier local economy, generating significant income through increased workforce involvement and essential jobs for early learning professionals. By investing in early education, states have found incredible results in increasing children's literacy and math abilities, building social-emotional skills, and decreasing the need for special education services. By increasing access to early education, we can support and improve our workforce and economy and prepare children for future success.
Leaders and policymakers can help continue the momentum of the Nevada Ready! Preschool Development Grant by taking decisive action during the 2019 Legislative Session.
In 2017-2018, Nevada Ready! provided over 3,000 preschool scholarships so 4-year-olds could attend a free high-quality early education program. Budget Appropriation 2709 requests $57.7 million to continue to support over 3,000 of Nevada's low-income children and families with preschool scholarships each year.
To provide a preschool scholarship for the estimated 15,800 4-year-old Nevadans, it would require $142 million per year. Bills under consideration will help close this gap:
Senate Bill 312 - Committee on Finance: Provides for the use of certain federal funding for the costs associated with the enrollment of prekindergarten pupils in prekindergarten education programs in the 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 school years. If passed, this bill will provide 500 additional seats in the Nevada Ready Pre-K program.
Assembly Bill 228 - Establishes provisions relating to children's advocacy centers.
Assembly Bill 122 - Revises provisions governing prekindergarten programs.