- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 18, 2015

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - The Nevada Department of Education and the nonprofit Children’s Cabinet are getting $1.5 million to expand a star-rating system for childcare facilities.

The award from the Michigan-based W.K. Kellogg Foundation is aimed at increasing participation in the Silver State Stars Quality Rating and Improvement System.

Childcare providers who participate in the voluntary program are assessed, then assigned a coach to help them improve, and then assigned a rating on a scale of one to five stars.

About 90 childcare facilities are participating now, while there are about 450 licensed facilities in the state. The agencies also hope to add Pre-K programs held at school districts.

Patti Oya of the education department said the state hopes to eventually require facilities to participate in order to receive federal childcare subsidies.

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