Nevada will get $349,316 from the federal government to provide apprenticeship training for child care workers.
Nevada's grant is one of 11 in the nation authorized under the Job Training Partnership Act.
"These grants are a first step in applying the tried and true methods of apprenticeship to train professional child care workers," according to federal Labor Secretary Alexis Herman. "One of the reasons so many parents have trouble finding quality child care is the shortage of workers with the right knowledge and experience."
Gov. Kenny Guinn said the money will allow Nevada's Department of Human Resources to establish an early education and apprenticeship office. Human Resources Director Charlotte Crawford said the idea is to provide work-cased learning to child care workers.
"Ultimately, the apprenticeship graduates will be skilled professionals who can command a salary commensurate with what they have to offer Nevada children in their care," she said.
Information is available from Jerry Allen, state child care coordinator, at (775) 687-1172.