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Children's Report: NV 4th Graders Lag, Daycare Costs “Skyrocket”

January 12, 2009

Las Vegas, NV – There is more evidence that the majority of Nevada school children are not learning the basic skills they will need for successful adulthood, such as reading and math.

The Children's Defense Fund's new State of America's Children 2008 report found three out of every four Silver State fourth graders are behind in at least one major study area, according to the group's press secretary, Ed Shelleby.

"In Nevada, about 76 percent of fourth graders are not performing at grade level in reading, and about 70 percent of them are not performing at grade level in math."

The picture doesn't get any prettier for working families in Nevada, who are counting on early child care to give their children a head start. Shelleby confirms quality childcare costs are spiraling up out of control.

"In Nevada, it costs twice as much to send a child to center-based daycare than it does to send a student to college at a public university for one year."

CDF says education is a vital ingredient to a life lived out of poverty and for preparing the future workforce for productivity. The group hopes the report influences local and national policy decisions regarding children.

You can learn more in the full report at

Mike Clifford, Public News Service - NV