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:
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 uwsn.org.
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Media Contact: Laurie Mann | 702-563-7813 | LaurieM@uwsn.org