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Nevada Receives Grant to Support QRIS

THE CHILDREN’S CABINET RECEIVES GRANT TO PARTNER WITH THE NEVADA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION TO EXPAND THE SILVER STATE STARS QUALITY RATING AND IMPROVEMENT SYSTEM

The Children’s Cabinet in partnership with the Nevada Department of Education has been awarded a $1.5 million grant by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek, Michigan to expand the Silver State Stars Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS). 

“The funding provided by the Kellogg Foundation will be instrumental to the Department’s efforts to coordinate birth-3rd grade state level initiatives to improve access and quality of early childhood programs across a variety of settings,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction Dale Erquiaga. 

Silver State Stars QRIS is a voluntary program available to licensed child care centers as a method to assess, improve, and communicate the level of quality in early childhood programs.  Centers that participate are assigned a rating from 1 to 5 stars. The QRIS also helps families find high quality child care that fits their needs and the needs of their children. “Helping families identify and have access to high quality early education and care is a critical support in raising children who are healthy, ready for school, and ready for life,” said Kathleen Sandoval, Director of Operations for The Children’s Cabinet.  

The QRIS is funded through the Child Care and Development Funds and administered by the Nevada Department of Education, Office of Early Learning and Development.  The funds from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation will support expansion of the QRIS to include pre-kindergarten programs within school districts.  Efforts will focus on implementation of a QRIS for school district pre-k programs and increasing professional development opportunities for educators and administrators across early childhood settings.

For more information about the QRIS, contact Patti Oya at 702-486-6492 or poya@doe.nv.gov or visit the Nevada Silver State Stars QRIS website at http://www.nvsilverstatestars.org/.

About the W.K. Kellogg Foundation The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal pioneer, Will Keith Kellogg is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work, and life.  The Kellogg Foundation is based in Battle Creek, Michigan, and works throughout the United States and internationally, as well as with sovereign tribes. Special emphasis is paid to priority places where there are high concentrations of poverty and where children face significant barriers to success. WKKF priority places in the U.S. are in Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico, New Orleans, and Nevada; and internationally, are in Mexico and Haiti. For more information, visit www.wkkf.org.

About The Children’s Cabinet Celebrating 30 years of supporting children and families, The Children's Cabinet exists to keep children safe and families together by offering services and resources that address unmet needs through a unique and cooperative effort between the private sector and public agencies in Nevada. The Children’s Cabinet serves 11,000 Nevada families annually. Services including, providing food, shelter, and crisis intervention, child care assistance, academic support, parenting classes, and family counseling. Ensuring access to these services strengthens our community’s children and families.

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