Early Childhood Education - CCMES

 
Welcome to C.C. Meneley's Early Childhood Education program for children ages three and four. Our program started in Douglas County in 2012 under the Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy grant and beginning in 2016-2017 will be funded under Tittle One. There is no charge for students to attend our program. Three year olds attend the morning session from 9:00am to 11:30am. Four year olds attend the afternoon session from 12:30pm to 3:00pm. Our class size is capped at twenty students per session. All prospective students are screened and placed as space becomes available. Our program uses High Scope as our curriculum to meet the Nevada Department of Education Pre-k standards.    

We believe early childhood development is important. Children start learning the day they are born, and the trajectory of their future success is shaped by their experiences in the first few years. Thus, we feel its important that we can provide an educational foundation for young children by providing them with opportunities to critically think, communicate, collaborate and be creative. We also pride ourselves on developing relationships among families, staff and community to support individual student achievement.  

We Value:

  • The uniqueness and learning potential of every student
  • A knowledgeable and prepared staff who promote learning and development in young students
  • The role of parents in the education of their children
  • Being a part of the public education system

The importance of early childhood education has been proven to be important. Both federal and local governments have made it a priority to increase access to early childhood education. The U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Ducan, described expansion of early childhood education as an inevitability, not merely an aspiration, "this is a parade I think you all want to be in front of not behind". A broad coalition of business leaders, law-enforcement officials, parents, and school officials are asking for such efforts; kindergarten- readiness assessments are showing that many children are far behind their peers when they start school. "There is an enormous and persistent unmet need for early childhood programs". 

On the local level, Nevada State Governor Brian Sandoval has stated that "it is critical that we provide every child the opportunity to succeed in the classroom, starting with our youngest learners. The increase in funds deliver the necessary resources for our most at-risk students to enter kindergarten on equal footing with their peers, giving them the foundation for continued success throughout their academic career."