Champion for Children Launch

Helping every child to receive an opportunity for a quality early education
United Way of Southern Nevada (UWSN) and Strong Start Nevada launched Children’s Day in Nevada on September 28, 2015 at Reach Out Head Start Center. The “Champion for Children” Launch brought together community leaders, including State of Nevada First Lady Kathleen Sandoval and City of Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman, together to promote quality early education for our most vulnerable population during the formative years of learning so children begin school ready to learn.
“With the 2015 State of Nevada education legislation, our launch is a timely opportunity to gather our community together to provide a solid early foundation for children to enter school prepared,” said Terri Janison, United Way Vice President, Community Development. “We are working towards helping every child have an opportunity to receive a quality early education.”
A partnership with UWSN, Strong Start Nevada, City of Las Vegas, Clark County School District and Acelero Learning, United Way is holding its “Champion for Children” Launch at Reach Out Head Start Center to increase opportunities for early education throughout the Valley. 
“Young children who are exposed to high quality early learning, at home or in the classroom, have a much greater chance at success in adulthood,” said State of Nevada First Lady Kathleen Sandoval. “We are mobilizing parents, educators, advocates and community and business leaders to ensure quality early childhood education is a priority in the state.”
“We are working closely with United Way to help more children and families access early education,” said City of Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman. “All children deserve to have proper preparation to enter kindergarten ready to learn to read, write and do basic math. Only in this manner will high school graduation rates increase and will our community be able to attract more businesses and provide more job opportunities.”
The beginning years are critical for learning, yet Nevada ranks last in the nation in preschool enrollment. Research shows that capturing a child’s imagination at an early age leads to reading at grade level in the third grade, which leads to a higher percentage of children graduating from high school. 
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