New family center opens in Las Vegas to help parents

LAS VEGAS - A new family learning program is underway in Las Vegas thanks to Toyota.

The automotive company has committed $10 million nationwide over the next six years to make the program a success in Las Vegas and around the country. 

It's called Toyota Family Learning and it will help fill the gap for low-income families by creating a program that allows parents to learn along with their student children.

The Public Education Foundation received a three-year, $175,000 grant from Toyota and the National Center for Families Learning to launch the program.

Communities across the country were asked to apply and Toyota officials were were impressed with what Las Vegas was doing. More than 300 students and parents are enrolled at seven Las Vegas-area schools. 

"They were just ready to get in and institute this program and they showed that they were going to be supportive and they have done gangbusters. I mean they have really done some phenomenal things here in Las Vegas and so we are very proud to be here with this program," said Tracy Underwood, Toyota national manager.

The program helps parents improve technology, language literacy and job skills while spending quality time with their children. Las Vegas is just one of 12 communities across the country receiving funds for the Toyota Family Learning program.


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