Washoe Country School District

July 25, 2014

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Child & Family Services


The Classroom On Wheels (COW) program brings free, developmentally appropriate preschool education to 150 three, four and five year old children who would not otherwise receive these services at five sites in the Reno-Sparks Community.  The buses, painted black and white to resemble their bovine namesakes are completely self-contained classrooms, each with one teacher and one teacher assistant, teaching supplies, a computer, educational toys, a bathroom and even a “moo-ing” horn. COW Bus curriculum correlates to the set guidelines from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the Nevada Pre-Kindergarten Content Standards and supports children’s development in language and literacy in primary and secondary languages, social-emotional development, cognitive development such as problem solving, choice making, and math and science concepts, self-help skills, cooperative play, physical and motor development, appreciation for art and music, and diversity awareness. In short, the curriculum supports the developmental skills necessary to be successful in Kindergarten and become lifetime learners.


The COW Adult Learning Facilities (CALF) Resource Van is a mobile classroom that accompanies the COW Bus to its various sites around the community as well as the Pre-K sites in the Reno and Sparks area. It provides free workshops and resources for families enrolled in the Pre-K and Cow Bus Program through the Washoe County School District. The van contains a book and toy lending library and a mini-classroom environment used to provide training and support to all primary care providers.

The Book and Toy Lending Library provides an opportunity for families in the community to access Child Development and Resource Books, manipulatives (i.e. puzzles, blocks, etc.), theme bins (such as science and math), and art supplies. Consumable items such as paper, paint and glue are also available upon request.

The CALF Van offers free workshops and materials to its participating families. Activities are developed to increase parent participation and are a great way to engage the child in fun and educational activities. 
For more information or to learn when the CALF Van will be in your area, please call: