United Way of Southern Nevada’s Champion for Children launch brought Nevada First Lady Kathleen Sandoval, Mayor Carolyn Goodman and the community together on Children’s Day Nevada to help every child access a quality early education.
If you have a young child at home, you may wonder, is preschool really necessary? Research has shown that the early years in a child’s life represent a critically important window of opportunity to develop a child’s full potential and shape key academic and social skills that determine a child’s success in school and in life.
“Nevada has the fewest number of children enrolled in preschool,” said UWSN Vice President, Community Development Terri Janison. “With the support of our community, we can change that and offer every child an opportunity for an early education.”
Developing high-quality early learning opportunities for children from the ages of 3 to 4 will increase kindergarten readiness and ensure children are on track to attain reading proficiency by the third grade.
“Young children who are exposed to high-quality early learning have a much greater chance at success in adulthood,” said First Lady Sandoval. “We are mobilizing parents, educators, advocates and community and business leaders to ensure quality early childhood education is a priority in the state.”
“We are working closely with United Way to help more children and families access early education,” said Mayor Goodman. “All children deserve to have proper preparation to enter kindergarten ready to learn to read, write and do basic math. Only in this manner will high school graduation rates increase and will our community be able to attract more businesses and provide more job opportunities.”
Studies found those who went to preschool had improved school performance with increased math and language abilities and were more likely to graduate high school and hold a job with higher earnings. For every dollar that is invested in early education, $7 can be saved in future costs related to social services and juvenile justice.
To learn more, visit uwsn.org/champ4children.