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Few Clark County children go to preschool – why that matters

December 8, 2017
Amelia Pak-Harvey
Las Vegas Review Journal

Preschool teacher Katelyn Ferman has her hands full.

With 20 children in her full-day preschool class at McCaw Elementary, she regularly has to quickly switch gears from teaching social skills to calming 4-year-old meltdowns.

Challenging though they might be, her students are among the fortunate minority in Clark County who get an opportunity to attend a public preschool, an experience that experts say increases the likelihood of future academic success.

Nevada is near the bottom of the pack in preschool availability compared to the rest of the nation. In the 2015-16 school year, it ranked 39th out of 44 states and the District of Columbia in availability of preschool for 4-year-olds, and 29th of 29 states in state-funded access for 3-year-olds, according to the National Institute for Early Education Research.