Improving overall health by increasing access to high-quality early learning -- United Way of Southern Nevada

The Foundation's Roadmaps to Health Community grants initiative was designed to identify, support, and disseminate models of cross-sector coalitions working to improve health by taking action to address the social and economic determinants of health, such as education, employment, income, community safety, and family and social support.The United Way of Southern Nevada, in collaboration with the Las Vegas Healthy Communities Coalition, seeks a number of policy reforms focused on improving early childhood education. These include a state definition of school readiness and a common Kindergarten entry assessment, enhanced professional development and certification of early childhood providers, a phased-in state mandate to participate in the Silver State Stars Quality Rating System, expanded child care subsidy eligibility, and a coordinated early childhood data system. They expect to pursue this agenda by educating and engaging stakeholders in these efforts and introducing legislators, many of whom will be newly elected to replace term-limited officials, to the importance of childhood care and a variety of strategies to achieve high quality care. No RWJF dollars will be used for lobbying. Deliverables include: nonpartisan research and analysis policy briefs; non-lobbying advocacy trainings, tools, and messaging strategies; Children's Day at the legislature; and a legislative briefing book. None of these products will address specific legislation, but will be focused on providing information and context around early childhood education.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $199,972.00

Awarded on: 11/9/2012

Time frame: 11/1/2012 - 10/31/2014

Grant Number: 70521


United Way of Southern Nevada

5830 West Flamingo Road
Las Vegas, 89103-0166


Terri Janison
Project Director