Early Childhood Education

Helping Children Reach Their Potential

Education is the foundation of a good life, which is why it’s essential that children enter school ready to learn. Early childhood education is one of the most effective methods of closing learning gaps that form in a child’s first five years of life. 

Research shows that high-quality preschool opportunities can improve academic, social and lifetime outcomes for children, especially those from families living below the poverty line. Not only does preschool have a significant effect on a child’s academic progress while enrolled, it can also positively impact student health. In Nevada, the percentage of low income children enrolled in Head Start programs that were up to date on primary and preventative health services increased from 43% to 74%.

Nevada has some of the lowest rates of preschool enrollment in the United States; only 32% of 3 and 4 year olds in Clark County are enrolled in a full-day pre-kindergarten program. The number of young children is only expected to get bigger, since many people in Clark County are between the ages of 20 and 34 and starting families. 

Our goal is to increase the number of 3 and 4 year olds attending pre-kindergarten programs and reading on time.

With a history of providing pre-kindergarten scholarships, working with early education providers, parents and families, and exploring new and innovative ways to provide early education across the community, we can provide stronger starts for children to succeed.

We’re expanding access to early education by investing in and creating programs that provide:

  • Quality early education scholarships for children in need

  • Teacher training with new research and methods

  • Parent and caregiver engagement in their child's education

  • Take-home books to build literacy skills at home

With your support we will: 

  • Provide 1,123 children a quality early education

  • Provide books to 703 students to build literacy skills at home

Read the Early Childhood Education report.

See our Early Education Partners.