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Federal Grant Aids Nevada In Pre-K Enrollment

State education officials say a new federal grant helped them enroll 782 low-income children into preschool last year, slightly below what they called an ambitious goal of 900.

The Nevada Department of Education announced first-year results Friday for a federal preschool development grant that's expected to bring $43 million to Nevada over four years.

Nevada lawmakers applied another $23 million of state money toward the program.

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The state's preschool program had 1,400 students enrolled before the grant kicked in. It's expected to grow by 2,900 by the end of the fourth year of funding.

Nevada ranks poorly for the availability of pre-K programs. A report published by the National Institute for Early Education Research before grant funding kicked in ranked Nevada 37th for access among 41 states with state-funded preschool.