School Readiness Policy Priorities

To ensure that children have access to high quality, affordable child care, the Children’s Advocacy Alliance is working toward:

– The adoption of a state definition of “School Readiness” and a common kindergarten entry assessment.

– Enhanced qualifications and training requirements for early childhood professionals.

– Supporting and enhancing the development of the Silver Stars Quality Rating Improvement System (QRIS) and integration of participation with child care subsidy reimbursement to provide a quality accountability structure for the use of state dollars.

– Promoting business involvement in early learning through tax incentive programs that reward businesses which offer child care stipends for employees, site based care, promotion and use of FSA programs, and others.

– Implementation of a coordinated early childhood data system that is linked to the K-12 data system.

– Increasing child care subsidy eligibility to ensure that more working families can afford care and increasing the state child care development fund contribution, including the use of current market rates to determine subsidy reimbursements.

With the close of the 2013 Nevada Legislative Session, we have made available for you the Early Childhood BDR List which provides information on each of the early childhood education bills we followed.

The following policy briefs have also been made available for you:

Download the ECE – Data System policy brief PDF document.

Download the ECE – Director Qualifications policy brief PDF document.

Download the ECE – Quality Rating Improvement Systems policy brief PDF document.

Download the ECE – School Readiness & Kindergarten Entry Assessments policy brief PDF document.

Download the Child Care Subsidies policy brief PDF document.