Nevada Ready! Pre-K Grant


Overview

On December 10, 2014 Governor Brian Sandoval and Superintendent of Public Instruction Dale Erquiaga announced that Nevada was selected as an award recipient of the U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Preschool Development Grants program. The first year grant allotment is over $6.4 million with a potential allotment over the next four years exceeding $43 million.

With the allotment awarded, Nevada will support the improvement and expansion of full day Pre-Kindergarten (Pre-K) slots in high quality early learning programs across the state, while providing critical wraparound supports for vulnerable families.

    Nevada High-Quality Pre-K Program

    Throughout the development of the High-Quality Pre-K Program, it has been determined, either through legislation or best practice and research, that certain components are necessary and required for effective outcomes for our children.

     

    required program elements
    Elements Required Program Elements
    Teacher Qualifications

    Each Early Childhood Education (ECE)/Pre-K teacher responsible for providing direct instruction to early childhood students must fulfill the licensure requirements for teaching the Pre-K population, including an Early Childhood teacher’s license (requiring a Bachelor’s in education) or an ECE endorsement on a teacher’s license.

     

    Eligibility

    Children enrolled in the program must be under Kindergarten age and within the traditional Pre-K age range of 3-5 years old.

    Intensity

    All programs must provide a minimum of 5 hours per day or 25 hours per week of Pre-K class time.

    Curriculum

    Programs must utilize the Nevada Pre-K Content Standards, revised and adopted by the Nevada State Board of Education.  Programs must implement developmentally appropriate, research-based curriculum and participate in the birth to third grade continuum alignment.

    Class Size/Ratio

    Class sizes and child/staff ratios must not exceed the following:

    •  Classrooms will have no more than 20 children with 2 adults
    •  The referenced 2 adults will be 1) An appropriately certified and licensed teacher, and 2) An appropriately certified teaching assistant.
     
    Evaluation

    Programs must participate in the annual and longitudinal statewide program evaluation system.  This includes using the outcome indicators described in the Early Learning Development Standards and reporting required data to the Pre-K education evaluator and the Nevada Department of Education.  Program quality will also be assessed by a valid and reliable assessor using the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale, Third Edition (ECERS-3) and the Classroom Assessment Scoring System(CLASS). 

    Parent Involvement

    Parental involvement must be evaluated in conjunction with the Pre-K program.  Longitudinal data to determine effectiveness of parental involvement will be used for program improvement.

    Comprehensive Services

    Programs must demonstrate coordination with existing community services through collaborative and cooperative efforts.

    Equal Access

    Each child applicant will have equal access to the same extent as other children, (e.g. homeless, foster, military, tribal) even for those lacking initial enrollment documents.

    List of Sub-Grantees:

    • Churchill County School District
    • Community Services Agency
    • Lyon County School District
    • Nye County School District
    • State Public School Charter Authority
    • United Way of Southern Nevada
    • Washoe County School District