First Year of Nevada Ready! Pre-K Funding Results in 782 Four Year Olds Enrolled in Full-Day Developmental Programs

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Carson City, NV - April 01, 2016

CARSON CITY, NV  - The first-year results of Nevada's Federal Pre-K Development Grant are in and the state's Department of Education is reporting that 782 four year-olds are enrolled at 27 sites. These Nevada children previously did not have access to critical high quality full-day services that will help them succeed when they enroll in elementary school.

"We set an aspirational goal of creating 900 slots to support programming for 4 year-olds who come from challenging backgrounds," said Nevada Superintendent for Public Instruction Steve Canavero, PhD. "While our first-year goal was ambitious, our first-year results are good. I'm optimistic that the next three years of funding will continue to provide meaningful support in areas such as literacy to children and their families. Nearly 14 percent of the enrolled children have disabilities, making our goal to promote inclusive classrooms a reality."

Nevada received $43 million from the U.S. Department of Education while the Nevada Legislature kicked in an additional $23 million for the four-year Nevada Ready! Pre-K program that serves 35 public school classrooms, three public Charter School classrooms and six Head Start classrooms. The Office of Early Learning and Development in the Nevada Department of Education has partnered with the Children's Cabinet and the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health to provide supports for teachers, administrators, children and families. Key partners also include Churchill County School District, Community Services Agency, Lyon County School District, Nye County School District, State Public Charter School Authority, United Way of Southern Nevada and the Washoe County School District. These providers are projected to enroll 2,990 children over the next three years.

The next phase of the program will include the development of a system in Nevada to improve alignment, quality and access to education across the birth through third grade continuum. Nevada's Department of Education will continually support quality improvements through the Quality Rating & Improvement System (QRIS), leadership development, and Communities of Practice.

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