A doctoral student at UNLV, Holly Schneider had almost given up hope in finding resources for sending her children, Lily age five and Gabriel age three and a half, to preschool. After some research, she was relieved to receive a United Way Tuition Assistance Preschool Scholarship.
When Holly found out about the scholarship, her resources were stretched. Trying to write a dissertation with two active, young children at home was challenging. After Lily and Gabriel began attending preschool, she and her husband Jubal were able to focus on their career goals.
“I am passionate about education. It’s a hard road but a good road to provide a better future for my family,” explained Holly. “My husband can also now pursue his dreams and has the time to work an information technology internship for two days a week.”
Since attending preschool, Lily has now gained an interest in reading books and learned to write her name and recognize words and letters.
“Lily wasn’t getting the social interaction she needed staying at home. It’s really helped her to come out of her shell and she has gained pre-kindergarten academic skills,” said Holly. “She has come a long way.”
An active child, Gabriel is strong-willed and his verbal skills were behind. Holly works closely with his teacher to create strategies to help Gabriel focus his attention on learning.
“He has taken a giant step towards verbalizing his frustrations instead of having temper tantrums,” explained Holly. “I am so happy with the outcomes for my family.”
Gabriel is now learning different letters and numbers and has an increased attention span.
“Preschool is so important for my children,” said Holly. “My children have learned the social skills of how to interact with other children and adults and gained critical social, cognitive and emotional skills.”