Carson City, NV - December 01, 2016
Nevada will receive $12,849,229 under the Preschool Development Grant from the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services to expand access to high-quality preschool for low income children. In the first year of this program, which is supported by both federal and state matching funds, Nevada was able to enroll 782 students at 27 sites to provide high-qualify pre-k programs that previously did not exist. Nearly 14 percent of the participating children have disabilities. It is estimated that entering the third year of the program, approximately 1,700 students at 90 sites are being served in Nevada.
“Providing quality preschool education for our most vulnerable families is critical in our efforts to ensure that our students have the skills necessary to read at grade level. I am pleased that Nevada can continue to invest in our students and am grateful for the partnerships which have helped make this grant opportunity a continued success” Governor Brian Sandoval said. “We know that high-quality preschool programs result in more of our students succeeding and graduating from high school. Nevada’s new economy needs to produce more skilled workers and this effort starts before kindergarten.”
The grants are the third year of awards to states that are working with local communities to prepare the nation’s most vulnerable children for success in school and beyond.
“High-quality early education gives children the strong start they need to succeed in kindergarten,” said U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. “All of our children—regardless of socioeconomic status, race, language spoken at home, disability or zip code—deserve the kind of high-quality early learning opportunities that will prepare them to thrive in school and beyond.”
Patti Oya of the Nevada Department of Education manages Nevada’s Preschool Development Grant in five “high need communities” across the state that include Churchill, Clark, Lyon, Nye and Washoe counties.
“In the next phase of this grant the Department will focus on completing the development of a robust monitoring plan and tool to effectively measure each component of this program,” Oya said. “We believe that Nevada students will see better education outcomes due to their participation in high quality pre-k programs.”