Nevada has been announced a winner of the Pritzker Children’s Initiative (PCI) Prenatal-to-Age-Three State Grant Competition, awarding cross-sector coalitions in 11 states, including Nevada, planning grants to develop and strengthen high-quality prenatal-to-age-three services. With research showing that a child’s brain develops faster in the first three years than at any later period in life, building the foundation for all future learning, behavior and health, PCI opened the grant competition to identify states with a strategic vision for supporting infants, toddlers and their families. Nevada, with a multi-organization effort lead by The Children’s Cabinet and Children’s Advocacy Alliance, presented an innovative plan to put the state’s youngest children on a path for future success in school and life.
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Details on the Pritzker Children’s Initiative Grant and what the Children’s Cabinet role:
- We are proud of the commitment we’ve made to Nevada’s families with infants and toddlers, and through this grant we will strengthen our cross-sector coalition of community and state leaders to expand programs and policies that set our youngest children on a path for future success in school and life.
- A child’s brain develops faster in the first three years than at any later period in life, building the foundation for all future learning, behavior and health. We are excited to put this research into action to advance policies that support children during their earliest years and when the foundation for all future health, learning and behavior is being developed.
- With the support of affordable high-quality child care and access to health and social emotional services for children prenatal to age three, we know that our children will see significant gains later in life through better outcomes in education, social behaviors and even employment.
- By bringing together state and local partners from inside and outside government, we are prepared to develop a comprehensive plan to address increasing access to high-quality early care and supportive services through collective action.
- In Nevada, a prenatal-to-age-three coalition will be formed to leverage public and private partnerships to build on the critical ongoing investments for the 111,170 babies and toddlers across our state. Over the next nine months, the group will focus on expanding access to high-quality early childhood care and supportive services and will create a detailed strategy to serve an additional 25 percent of low-income families with children prenatal to age three.
- As recipients of the Prenatal-to-Age-Three Planning Grants, we are also eligible to receive an Implementation Grant based on the quality of the plan we develop over the next six to nine months. We are determined to develop a bold and innovative plan tailored to Nevada that meets the needs of our communities to receive this grant and put our collaborative proposal into action.