Our Goal: Ensuring our children enter school ready to learn
The Children’s Advocacy Alliance is committed to ensuring that every child in Nevada has the opportunity to enter school ready to learn by creating a comprehensive early childhood system in Nevada.
To achieve this goal, the Children's Advocacy Alliance supports:
We know that providing children with the right start will lead to less intervention and remediation in later grades – ultimately resulting to increased rates of graduation and success in adulthood. In Nevada, over 57% of children ages 0-5 live in families where all available parents are in the workforce. The average annual cost of child care in a licensed center in Nevada ranges from $8,987 for an infant to $7,340 for preschoolers (age 3-5). The average individual income is $38,334. Only 39 of the 448 licensed child care centers in Nevada are accredited programs. To ensure that children have access to high quality, affordable child care, the Children’s Advocacy Alliance will work toward:
Benefit-Cost Ratios of
Early Childhood Education Programs
|PROGRAM||PER CAPITA BENEFITS||BENEFIT/COST RATIO|
|High Scope Perry Preschool||$76,426 to $253,154||5.15 to 17.1|
|Chicago Child-Parent Centers||$49,337||7.14|
Our genes, and ultimately our developing brain architecture, are influenced powerfully by positive early experiences – and negative ones, too.
- Pat Levitt, Ph.D., Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute, Univ. of Southern California
The success of modern economies depends in part on well-educated and adaptable workers who are capable of learning new skills so that they remain competitive in a continually changing global market.
- James Heckman, Ph.D., Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences Winner
Although education and the acquisition of skills is a lifelong process, starting early in life is crucial. Recent research…has documented the high returns that early childhood programs can pay in terms of subsequent educational attainment and in lower rates of social programs, such as teenage pregnancy and welfare dependency.
- Ben Bernanke, Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board