From the Washoe County School District:

Nevada has been chosen to receive millions of dollars in federal grant funding to develop and expand current preschool programs that serve 4-year-old children from low- and moderate-income families. In the first year of the grant allotment, the state will receive $6.4 million, with a potential further allotment over the next four years exceeding $43 million. The funding will be shared among five counties in the state: Washoe, Clark, Nye, Churchill, and Lyon.

The Preschool Development Grants total more than $226 million, and the program is administered by the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. A total of 18 states were chosen to receive the grants.

“These states are demonstrating a strong commitment to building and enhancing early learning systems, closing equity gaps, and expanding opportunity so that more children in America can fulfill their greatest potential,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan during the announcement in Washington, D.C. this morning.

“This is tremendous news for Nevada and the Washoe County School District,” said Interim Superintendent Traci Davis. “Preschool programs are vitally important for all of our young scholars, and this funding will help us reach them with support and resources that will provide a good beginning to their educational careers.”

“We are grateful that Nevada was chosen to receive this funding,” said Kristen McNeill, chief of staff for WCSD. “It will help us provide resources to our youngest at-risk students and enable them to build a strong foundation for academic success. We look forward to working in partnership with the Nevada Department of Education to implement this grant.”

Currently, about 1,400 students are served in Nevada's preschool programs. This grant funding will increase the state's preschool population by 58% over the next four years, and will fund the development and expansion of high-quality preschool programs in diverse communities.

The grants are part of more than $1 billion in new federal and private sector investments in early childhood education announced by President Obama during today's White House Summit on Early Education

From the Washoe County School District