Educational Choice Scholarship Program & ESA in Nevada

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Since the approval of Assembly Bill 165 and Senate Bill 302, many parents have questions regarding eligibility, the application process and the resources available to them. As an ESA and Educational Choice Scholarship Program approved school, the staff at Cornerstone Academy are very familiar with both of these bills and the steps taken to apply. If you have questions or need assistance completing your forms, our team is here to help.

Applying for the Educational Choice Scholarship Program in Las Vegas

The Nevada Educational Choice Scholarship Program (Assembly Bill 165) provides tax credits to businesses that contribute scholarships for students to attend private schools. With this particular program, families and schools do not receive any money directly from the government. Rather, nonprofits (commonly called Scholarship Granting Organizations, or SGO’s) receive donations from private donors and businesses, and distribute them as scholarships for students attending private schools. Click here for more information on Assembly Bill 165.

As of the date of this post, there are four active Scholarship Granting Organizations, or SGO’s. Please visit the Nevada Department of Education for the most up-to-date information. The two SGO’s currently accepting applications are the Education Fund of Northern Nevada and Dinosaurs & Roses.

Applying for an ESA in Las Vegas

The Educational Savings Account Bill, or the ESA program, (Senate Bill 302) allows parents of public school students to apply for an Education Savings Account which can be applied toward participating entities. These may include private schools, online schools, and more. The state of Nevada takes a percentage of the funding provided per pupil and places it in an account. These funds can be used to pay for education-related expenses including tuition, services or tutoring. The application form for the ESA program can be found on the Nevada Treasurer website. Click here for more information on Senate Bill 302.

If you are looking to enroll your child in a private school in Las Vegas and would like assistance understanding these two bills and the options available to you, please call us at (702) 939-5050.

Senate Bill 302: Educational Savings Account Bill

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What is Senate Bill 302?

Senate Bill 302 (or SB 302) provides an opportunity for parents to apply for an Educational Savings Account that can be used toward education-related expenses at participating entities outside of the public school system. This includes approved Las Vegas private schools. Funding can be applied toward tuition and fees, tutoring, supplies and materials, transportation and more.

Highlights of Senate Bill 302 include:

  • Early application period ends November 30, 2015.
  • Funds should be available April 2016.
  • No financial component.
  • Applicants must be in attendance in a Clark County public school for 100 days prior to approval (with the exception of
  • Kindergarten and 1st grade students).
  • Parents can apply to receive $5,700 to spend at a private school of their choice.
  • Each agreement is valid for one school year and may be renewed for any subsequent school year.

How do I apply for an Educational Savings Account?

For more information on how to apply for an Educational Savings Account in Nevada, visit the Nevada Treasurer website. For general information on Senate Bill 302, including application requirements, click here.

If you are hoping to enroll your child at Cornerstone Academy, our staff are happy to assist you with the application process. The team at Cornerstone places a high priority on school-related communication and as an ESA approved Las Vegas private school, we are here to help. Please call us at (702) 939-5050 with any questions you may have regarding Senate Bill 302, our facility or our programs.

Assembly Bill 165: Educational Choice Scholarship Program

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What is Assembly Bill 165?

In April 2015, Nevada Governor Sandoval signed Assembly Bill 165, or AB 165. This bill enacted school choice and established tax credits for businesses that donate money to the scholarship program for disadvantaged students to attend private schools, including those operated by religious organizations.

Highlights of Assembly Bill 165 include:

  • There is no public school commitment.
  • Beginning in 2016, a pupil who has previously received a scholarship has priority for renewal.
  • The money received by the Scholarship Granting Organizations (SGO’s) comes directly from private donors, not the state.
  • Businesses that donate money to an SGO can claim 100% tax credit.
  • Parents can apply to multiple SGO’s to broaden their opportunity to receive an award.
  • The Nevada Department of Education determines the maximum amount of funding any one student is allowed to receive. In 2016-2016, this amount may not exceed $7,755 for any one student.

How do I apply for the Educational Choice Scholarship Program?

To apply for the Educational Choice Scholarship Program in Nevada, visit the Nevada Department of Education site. For an up-to-date list of SGO’s, click here.

Cornerstone Academy is an ESA and Educational Choice Scholarship Program approved private school in Las Vegas, and our staff are happy to assist you with the application process. Whether you have general questions or would like help completing your application form, please feel free to contact us at (702) 939-5050.

The Importance of Daily Prayer for Children & Families

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Prayer is talking to God. It’s the simple opening of one’s heart to our father in Heaven. It’s coming to Him and telling Him everything in our hearts. God Himself asks us to pray. This is expressed through the Apostle Paul, who told the Christians at Ephesus. ‘Pray in the spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests…’ (Ephesians 6: 18). Prayer is powerful and can change a life. Daily prayer is important for the following reasons:

1. Prayer brings you closer to God

In any relationship, communication is the key to success. When you communicate, you are able to know more about a person. This also applies to your relationship with God. Through talking to God, we learn more about who He is. To understand our Father, we need to pray and read the Bible each day both as individuals and as a family. It’s the only way we can lead a life of intimacy with God.

2. Prayer protects

The words uttered in a prayer have wonder-working powers. Never underestimate the power of prayer. Life is full of trials and obstacles that can sometimes lead us to question faith. Pray every morning and evening, pray for your children and teach them how to pray. When you make prayer part of your life, you reinforce your faith in the face of obstacles. Even when challenges come your way, with prayer, you know that you are not alone as no weapon forged against you shall proper, as Isaiah 54:17 teaches us.

3. Prayer Heals

Jesus healed the sick while He was on earth. He gave authority to His disciples to heal. Jesus Christ has also given those who believe in him authority to heal. James 5: 14-16, talks about how prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. If you have any physical or emotional pain, then praying and reading the bible can begin the healing process.

4. Prayer brings breakthrough

If you are struggling to work through an issue, prayer can bring miracles. Open your heart to God and share your burdens. Even if the breakthrough doesn’t happen immediately, God gives you the grace and strength to keep going.

Teaching Our Children to Pray

The Bible contains many promises that we can include in both our prayers for children and daily confessions for our families. Children are gifts from God, and it’s the duty of parents to instill in them the values and characters they need to become good Christians. Here are simple ways to teach children how to pray.

1. Pray together every day

To begin with, pray with your child every day. He or she will be able to learn by example, and seeing you pray is a great example. Let your children know the importance of praying before a meal, in the morning and before bedtime. By setting a routine, your children will want to continue on their own.

2. Let them see you pray

It’s important that you pray aloud when your children are around. Whenever a situation arises that evokes prayer, take time and involve children. Children take note and will learn to use prayer in the same way.

3. Talk about prayer

From the beginning of your child’s life, teach them about prayer. Give your children simple explanation about prayer. It opens up dialogue and allows your children to ask questions.

Simple Prayers for Children

1. Before meals

Praying before meals is a good habit to teach your child to be thankful for what they have. If your children are involved in any community service, this is the perfect time to reflect on how others may find themselves in different circumstances. Many children can learn this simple prayer over meals, “God is good. Let us thank Him for our food. By his hands we are fed. Provide us with our daily bread. Amen.”

2. Bedtime prayer

Getting children on the habit of praying before bed helps them reflect on their actions for the day, and ask for guidance for the following day. Try teaching them a simple bedtime prayer such as this: “Father, thank you for your blessings today. Thank you for taking good care of me and my family. Protect us throughout the night. Amen.”

3. Morning Prayer

This simple prayer sets the tone for the day, “Dear God, as I rise this morning, I thank you for a restful night and the gift of a new day. Guide me as I walk through this day. I am grateful for all the blessings in my life. As I start my day, I trust you to guide me in everything I do. Amen.”

Additional resources for daily prayer

There are countless Christian books and resources online to find inspiration for daily prayer rituals. For example, websites like Josh McDowell Ministries and Focus on the Family offer daily devotionals and prayers for kids and adults. For families on the go, bible apps like YouVersion puts the Bible at your fingertips in an instant.
CornerStone Christian Academy & Preschool is one of the leading Christian schools in Las Vegas focused on teaching children academic excellence in a supportive, Christian community. For information about our facility, or to schedule a free tour, contact us at 702-939-5050.