The Las Vegas Community Healing Garden is a place of healing and respect for those who were lost on October 1. Your support will help maintain the plants, flowers, trees, and other amenities in the garden, including the memorial waterfall feature, and will help ensure the serenity of this beautiful garden will last for following generations.
Children growing up in low-income households fall behind an average of two months in reading achievement during the summer. And, this ‘summer slide’ adds up—by the end of fifth grade, children growing up in low-income households are nearly three grade equivalents behind their more affluent peers.
The city of Las Vegas seeks to reverse this trend through effective, research-based Summer Learning Academies.
In partnership with local education nonprofits, summer Learning Academies utilize explicit, engaging instruction in reading and math to mitigate the loss of academic skills during the summer months. Students are also provided a nutritious breakfast and lunch daily at no charge.
Early childhood education is one of the best investments in a child’s future. Research shows that high-quality early learning experiences have a significant impact on long-term success.
The city of Las Vegas recognizes the importance of early learning and has already made numerous investments—some in traditional Pre-K offerings and some in more innovative solutions:
In August 2017, the city of Las Vegas opened two Strong Start Academies—Strong Start Lorenzi and Strong Start Alta. Both academies offer a nurturing educational program that ensures the optimal physical, social, emotional and intellectual development of each enrolled child.
Strong Start Academy at the Stupak Community Center opened in August 2018. Strong Start Academy at the Doolittle Community Center will open in 2019. The city will launch the Strong Start Academy Mobile Classroom in Fall 2018 to serve young learners across the city who aren’t otherwise participating in Pre-K.
Join the city of Las Vegas in supporting the success of our littlest learners.
The city established an ambitious five-year goal to add a minimum of 1,000 new Pre-K seats with 80 percent of Pre-K students passing the kindergarten entrance assessment. To-date, 500 seats have been established.
At $10,000 per student, per seat, an additional $5 million is required over five years to achieve the goal. Additional partnership opportunities are also available to support field trips, portable outdoor equipment, and STEM materials for families to engage in hands-on learning.
ReInvent Schools Las Vegas is based on a National Community School Model, where educators and community partners align assets and expertise in order to improve student success.
ReInvent Schools is an intentional school transformation strategy concentrating on expanded learning opportunities, health and social services, family and community engagement, as well as early childhood development.
Through the use of AmeriCorps Tutors and Student Success Members, more than 8,855 students receive support at 12 elementary schools and one middle school. ReInvent Schools are showing improvements in student attendance, reading proficiency, parental involvement, and reduced disciplinary referrals; these outcomes are leading to promising academic improvements.
Each school year begins with an energizing, motivating ReInvent Schools Training Summit, for the full spectrum of school staff, which reinforces the core set of shared operating principles. Together students and families are motivated and engaged in learning both in school and after-school.
To continue to grow the ReInvent Schools model and increase support services and programs to current school communities, the Mayor’s Fund is seeking partnerships to:
- Extend the Home Visit Program to all partner schools and increase the number of home visits per school
- Restock book inventory for home libraries
- Increase Safekey before- and after-school scholarships
- Launch lending library of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) kits for at-home, hands-on learning
- Support mental wellness services
- Sponsor or host the ReInvent Schools Las Vegas’ annual School Training Summit