GOAL: Ensure that children are surpassing key readiness and early grade reading benchmarks.
Community Issue: Children from low-income families are less likely to have access to high-quality early education, and are less likely to enter school prepared for success. Reading proficiency by third grade is the most important predictor of high school graduation and career success. Yet every year, more than 80% of low-income children miss this crucial milestone.
United Way’s Community Impact Goal: Ensure that children are surpassing key development and early grade achievement benchmarks by supporting programs that serve young children (and their families) and prepare them to succeed in school.
- Ensure children ages 0–5 receive quality early learning opportunities.
- Increase knowledge/skills of parenting and early childhood development.
- Support strong transition programming into kindergarten.
- Invest in results-focused programming for students and their families in kindergarten–third grade.