Nevada's first lady touts early education drive

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Updated: 4/23/2014 7:16 am

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada's first lady Kathleen Sandoval is kicking off an early education initiative in northern Nevada, calling on businesses and civic organizations to help young students prepare for a lifetime of learning.

Sandoval was joined by education, business and law enforcement leaders Tuesday at the Governor's Mansion to launch Strong Start Nevada, which is part of a nationwide effort.

She says Nevada is the only state that does not have a business-backed effort promoting early learning, though she's on a mission to change that and notes that a Las Vegas business group is among those now supporting the program.

While Gov. Brian Sandoval and state lawmakers committed more money to early learning programs last year, the first lady says businesses and communities also share the responsibility to help Nevada's youth succeed.

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