United Way Of Southern Nevada Provides Free Early Education To Hundreds Of Local Families

Ensuring Southern Nevada preschoolers have access to a quality education through $4,297,510 in scholarships

United Way of Southern Nevada (UWSN) has selected 19 early education centers with over 30 classrooms to receive $4,297,510 in scholarships to help local families enroll their children in preschool for free or at a reduced cost. Since 2018, the Nevada Department of Education and United Way of Southern Nevada have helped over 2,000 students get the education they deserve through the Nevada Ready! State Pre-K program.

“We have seen the lives of thousands of working families positively changed through access to affordable, high-quality early education,” said Julie Houchins, UWSN Senior Director of Early Education. “We believe that every child in our community deserves the opportunity to succeed in school, and this program ensures teachers have the necessary resources to support their students.”

To expand access to high-quality early education across the state, UWSN is working in collaboration with the Nevada Department of Education and United Way of Northern Nevada and the Sierra to develop a similar Pre-K program to support rural communities in northern Nevada. Further program information will become available in the coming months.

The early education centers below have been selected to receive funding to provide scholarships for preschool and pre-k enrollment in Southern Nevada:

Acelero Head Start – Henderson Learning Center
180 N. Westminster Way
Henderson, NV 89015
Director: Kelly Anderson
P (702) 566-1048

Acelero Head Start – MLK Development Center
1555 W. Carey Avenue
North Las Vegas, NV 89032
Director: LaTasha McCall
P (702) 642-0451

Acelero Head Start – Reach Out Center
1522 Pinto Lane
Las Vegas, NV 89106
Director: Theresa Vadala
P (702) 382-7337

Acelero Learning – Strong Start at Lorenzi
700 Twin Lakes
Las Vegas, NV 89107
Director: Laura Brown
P (702) 538-8700

Acelero Learning- Strong Start at Wardelle
2950 E. Bonanza Road
Las Vegas, NV 89101
Director: Jennifer Hines
Director: Nora Jimenez
P (702) 438-0044

Angels Christian Academy
2720 Crystal Water Way
Las Vegas, NV 89117
Director: Maria Ginelsa
P (702) 270-2141

Bring’em Young Academy
3980 W. Ann Road #110
North Las Vegas, NV 89031
Director: Marisol Wilson
P (702) 395-0883

Christ Kids Child Center
111 N. Torrey Pines Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89107
Director: Annie Phillips
P (702) 878-1176

Children’s Learn and Play
1934 S. Walnut Road
Las Vegas, NV 89104
Director: Kelley Dieterich
P (702)722-1111

3200 E. Cheyenne Avenue
North Las Vegas, NV 89030
Director: Michael Mitchell
P (702) 892-2350

Discovery Gardens Child Care
555 Page Street
Las Vegas, NV 89110
Contact: Christine Candelaria
P (725) 400-8815

Henderson Christian Academy
2750 Robindale Road
Henderson, NV 89074
Director: Jaime Bucholz
P (702) 270-2595

Kids First Neighborhood Childcare
5245 E. Bonanza Road
Las Vegas, NV 89110
Director: Ashlee Naehu
P (702) 531-1977

Little Steps Early Learning
4220 W. Craig #110
North Las Vegas, NV 89032
Director: Kimber Wright

New Horizons Preschool
6701 W. Charleston Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89146
Director: Gina Sferra
P (702) 876-1181

Sunrise Children’s Foundation – West
614 Jefferson Street
Las Vegas, NV 89106
Director: Trina Bilich
P (702) 880-7594

University United Methodist Child Development Center
4412 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89119
Director: Chelsie Shurtleff
P (702) 733-7157

YMCA – Heinrich
4141 Meadows Lane
Las Vegas, NV 89107
Director: Danielle Donoho
P (702) 877-9622

YMCA – Durango Hills
3521 N. Durango Dr.
Las Vegas, NV 89129
Director: Renata Rorie
P (702) 240-9622

Scholarships have been issued through qualified centers to families in need based on childcare center recommendations and referrals. All centers participate in the Quality Rating Improvement Systems (QRIS) created by the Nevada Department of Education.


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