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|Nevada Early Intervention (EI) Services System: DS series||Workforce||Professional Learning||
Includes training, a cohort model
In July 2022, the State of Nevada IDEA Part C Office submitted a proposal to the Department of Health and Human Services Director’s Office for increased federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Fiscal Recovery Funds from the Governor's Finance Office to provide funding to develop an Early Intervention Personnel Center. The proposed personnel center would provide a credible and comparable alternative option for early intervention staff to meet their licensure requirements. This retention initiative was planned to be free for personnel, with all costs to be covered by the ARPA grant and/or the IDEA Part C Office. The proposal was accepted, and the Nevada Early Intervention Professional Development Center's first initiative is a Developmental Specialist Core Series (DS Series) that launched in April 2023 at no cost to professional learners . The DS series brings together a cohort of early educators who take 8 five-week courses that meet virtually once per week. The cohort will meet for approximately 18 months, and participants are expected to devote 35 hours per 5-week course to their studies. The courses cover required Early Childhood Special Education areas as determined by the Nevada Department of Education. Completion of the DS Series will meet the Alternative Certification requirements with the IDEA Part C Office and is deemed to be equivalent to an Endorsement for Early Childhood Developmentally Delayed.Learn more: Nevada Early Intervention Professional Development Center
Nevada Early Intervention Professional Development Center. (2023). Program Catalog 2023-2024.
Nevada Department of Health and Human Services. (n.d.). Early Intervention FAQs.
|Child Care Expansion Grant||Expansion||Physical Space and Facilities||
In 2022, the Department of Health and Human Services awarded $30 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds to licensed child care providers to expand capacity in Nevada "child care deserts," defined as any census tract with more than 50 children under age 5 years that contains either no child care providers or so few options that there are more than 3 times as many children as licensed child care slots. 18 proposals out of 92 were approved.Learn More: Nevada's Child Care Expansion Grant
Source: Nevada Recovers. (n.d.). Child care centers approved for federal funds.
|Nevada Early Childhood Data Dashboard||Infrastructure Systems||Data Systems||
Data Visualization Tool
The Nevada Early Childhood Advisory Council’s Early Childhood Data Dashboard is a data visualization tool.It provides demographic and program information on the current status and trends of the state's population, workforce, child care, and economy for public use.
Developed with funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the tool is a part of the work of the Early Childhood Advisory Council, which was established in Assembly Bill 79 in 2021.Learn More: Nevada Early Childhood Dashboard
|Monitoring Child Care Supply, Demand, and Access in Nevada Dashboard||Infrastructure Systems||Data Systems||
Data Visualization Tool
Monitoring Child Care Supply, Demand, and Access in Nevada, a project of the Nevada Office of Analytics, Department of Health and Human Services, is a data visualization tool . It provides demographic and program data on child care in the state (e.g., subsidies, child care programs, utilization rates, poverty rates, and counts of child care workers) for public use. Updated monthly, the tool makes comparisons across all 50 states.Learn More/source: Nevada Dashboard
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3,177,772 Source U.S. Census, 2022
5.9% Source U.S. Census, 2020
94.1% Source U.S. Census, 2020
Number of children age 0-4
178,077 Source KIDS COUNT, 2021
Poverty levels – children 0-8 below 200% poverty
44% Source KIDS COUNT, 2021
Median family income among households with children
$72,700.00 Source KIDS COUNT, 2021
5.2 Source U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, December 2022
Unemployment rate of parents
8% Source KIDS COUNT, 2021
Children under age 6 with all available parents in the labor force
66% Source KIDS COUNT, 2021
Children living in households with a high housing cost burden
35% Source KIDS COUNT, 2021
Child population by race and ethnicity Source KIDS COUNT, 2021
Race and Ethnicity
- American Indian and Alaska Native (1%)
- Asian (6%)
- Black or African American (11%)
- Hispanic or Latino (41%)
- Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander (1%)
- Two or More Races (7%)
- White, not Hispanic or Latino (33%)
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Percent of 3-Year-Old Children Enrolled in Public Early Childhood Education Programs Source: NIEER, 2023 2021
- 3-year-old children enrolled in state-funded public pre-K (0%)
- 3-year-old children enrolled in Head Start (3%)
- Other/none (96%)
Percent of 4-Year-Old Children Enrolled in Public Early Childhood Education Programs Source: NIEER, 2023 2021
- 4-year-old children enrolled in state-funded public pre-K (6%)
- 4-year-old children enrolled in Head Start (2%)
- Other/none (92%)
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2017–2019 Median Hourly Wages Source CSCCE 2018, 2020
- Child care workers
- Preschool teachers
- Preschool or child care center directors
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Federal and State Early Childhood Education Funding (in millions) Source First Five Years Fund, 2022
- Head Start and Early Head Start Funding ($45.4)
- CCDBG & Mandatory Funds ($70.5)
- CCDBG State Match ($6.9)
- CCDBG COVID Relief Allocations – CARES, CRRSE, ARPA (CCDF & Stabilization) ($486.9)
- State-Funded Pre-K ($18.4)
- MIECHV ($2.0)
- IDEA Part C ($6.1)
- IDEA Part B, Sec 619 ($3.7)
- TANF Early Learning and Care Expenditures ($13.9)
The COVID Funding Cliff
All federal COVID relief allocations, including funding authorized by the CARES, CRRSE, and ARPA bills, must be fully spent by September 2024. An analysis from the Century Foundation shows this loss of funds could cause more than 3 million children to lose access to child care nationwide – including nearly 11,000 children in Nevada.