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:
Increase kindergarten readiness through access to high-quality pre-kindergarten programs or through high-quality early education curriculum, especially for at-risk or low to moderate income populations
Provide support for parents with young children, for example, parent and family engagement, parenting skills, and development
Provide recruitment, training, mentoring, or other support for early education providers and teachers, both licensed and informal