Since schools closed in March 2020, our communities across Nevada came together to serve our local kids and families when they needed us the most. During the pandemic, CIS has innovated ways to collaborate with partners to ensure continuity of care, meeting students online, at home or in the community to connect them with resources like supplies, technology, mentoring, and counseling. Here are some of our most shared stories and top photos from 2020. Also, you can enjoy this video recap!

Connecting Kids without Internet (Statewide)

  • This new initiative is aimed at helping get internet for the tens of thousands of kids who do not have reliable internet at home and a device to access virtual learning.
  • CIS of Nevada managed the virtual Family Support Center (1-888-616-2476) that fielded 45,000 calls and connected 18,000 families to reliable internet.
  • The Nevada COVID-19 Task Force, is led by Chair Jim Murren, the Elaine Wynn Foundation, Communities In Schools and The Public Education. The Task Force is partnering with COX Communications and Clark County School District to ensure that all students have equal access to virtual learning ahead of the school year.
  • See our Distance to Goal for the most up-to-date stats of students reached and students connected to internet and with a device at

TeleMental Health Care for Rural Students (Elko)

  • UNLV’s community mental health clinic, the PRACTICE, is offering virtual mental health counseling sessions to rural students.
  • This innovative model started in 2012, a partnership with UNLV The Practice and Communities in Schools of Northeastern Nevada, is now expanding from Elko and Winnemucca to other parts of the state. 

Career Paths for CIS Students (Reno)

  • Tesla is offering an exclusive new career development program for CIS students at Sparks High School.
  • The goal is to empower students to achieve in the career world after they graduate or while also continuing their education.

Direct Care to Kids (Las Vegas)

  • 25,000 totes of hygiene products, books, and school supplies were distributed to students after schools closed. 
  • Three nonprofit CEOs joined forces to form the Direct Care to Kids initiative. It is a partnership comprised of the Public Education Foundation, Spread the Word Nevada, and Communities in Schools Nevada. 
  • Generous community partners included Sands Cares who donated personal hygiene kits and AT&T who delivered the kits.