FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 25, 2019

UWSN Announces Funding Recipients to Increase Quality Early Education in Southern Nevada

UWSN is positively affecting the lives of our children through $4.3 million in early education scholarships

LAS VEGAS – United Way of Southern Nevada has selected 20 early education centers with over 35 classrooms to receive funding for free and reduced tuition scholarships for three and four-year-old children in need. A total amount of $4,300,000 in funding provides child care centers with resources aiding in early childhood education. Nevada has nearly the lowest rates of preschool enrollment in the United States. Only 33.7% of 3 and 4-year olds in Clark County are enrolled in a full-day pre-kindergarten program. The Nevada Department of Education and UWSN are bridging the education gap of early childhood education by offering scholarships and investment funds to child care centers.

“It’s essential that our community’s children are prepared for kindergarten to set the foundation for success from cradle to career,” said Kyle B. Rahn, UWSN’s President and CEO. “Our goal is to increase the number of 3 and 4-year olds attending pre-kindergarten programs and provide pre-k teachers with training and resources for their classrooms and students.”

The below early education centers have been selected to receive funding to provide scholarships for preschool and pre-k enrollment in Nevada:

Acelero Head Start - Henderson Learning Center
180 N. Westminster Way
Henderson, NV 89015
Director: Jessica Ruch
P (702) 566-1048
Acelero Head Start - MLK Development Center
1555 W. Carey Avenue
North Las Vegas, NV 89032
Director: LaTasha McCall
P (702) 642-0451
Acelero Head Start - Reach Out Center
1522 Pinto Lane
Las Vegas, NV 89106
Director: Erin John
P (702) 382-7337
Acelero Learning – Strong Start @ Alta
1617 Alta Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89106
Director: Gwen Coward
P (702) 954-4777
Acelero Learning - Strong Start @ Lorenzi
700 Twin Lakes
Las Vegas, NV 89107
Director: Laura Brown
P (702) 538-8700
Acelero Learning - Herb Kaufman
4020 Perry Street
Las Vegas, NV 89122
Director: Sybil Heffner
P (702) 434-5329
Angels Christian Academy
2720 Crystal Water Way
Las Vegas, NV 89117
Director: Jessica Kennedy
P (702) 270-2141
Bring'em Young Academy
3980 W. Ann Rd. #110
North Las Vegas, NV 89031
Director: Marisol Wilson
P (702) 395-0883
Christ Kids Child Center
111 N Torrey Pines Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89107
Director: Annie Phillips
P (702) 878-1176
CornerStone Christian Academy and Tykes Preschool
5825 W. Eldora Avenue Suite B
Las Vegas, NV 89146
Principal: Debbie Kaye
P (702) 939-5050
Discovery Gardens Child Care
4930 E. Bonanza Road
Las Vegas, NV 89110
Director: Sheila Kilpatrick
P (725) 400-8815
Kids First Neighborhood Childcare
5245 E. Bonanza Road
Las Vegas, NV 89110
Director: Ashlee Naehu
P (702) 531-1977
Henderson Christian Academy
2750 Robindale Rd.
Henderson, NV 89074
Director: Jaime Bucholz
P (702) 270-2595
Kids ‘R’ Kids
985 E. Serene Ave
Las Vegas, NV 89123
Director: Cindy Montoya
P (702) 270-6010
The Magic of Learning
709 E. Horizons Dr. #150
Henderson, NV 89015
Director: Tess Figueroa
P (702) 568-1300
New Horizons Preschool
6701 W. Charleston Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89146
Director: Arlene Ambiz
P (702) 880-7594
Sunrise Children’s Foundation
614 Jefferson Street
Las Vegas, NV 89106
Director: Seneria Griffin
P (702) 636-2001
University United Methodist
Child Development Center
4412 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89119
Director: Chelsie Shurtlef
P (702) 733-7157
YMCA - Heinrich
4141 Meadows Lane
Las Vegas, NV 89107
Director: Jennece Black
P (702) 522-7365
YMCA - Durango Hills
3521 N. Durango Dr.
Las Vegas, NV 89129
Director: Mara Tenorio
P (702) 240-9622

Scholarships have been issued through qualified centers to families in need based on child care center recommendations and referrals. All centers participate in the Quality Rating Improvement Systems (QRIS) created by the Nevada Department of Education.

About United Way of Southern Nevada: United Way of Southern Nevada unites our community to improve people’s lives. We bring donors, volunteers, nonprofits, and businesses together to help children enter school ready to learn, help high school students reach graduation day, and support individuals working to earn a degree or certification, all while creating stability for their families. Together, we step into the ring and invite others to stand with us as a united front against social injustices and forces keeping our community's most vulnerable residents from a good life. We are bold and innovative to solve our toughest problems. Together, we fight for the future of our community – and we will win. Join us at

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