Children’s earliest experiences – before they even enter school – can determine their ability to succeed for the rest of their lives. Early access to quality education is essential to promoting their development and learning into the future.
Early Childhood Literacy
When’s the best time to build a child’s brain for success? At birth! Studies show the first three years of a child’s life are the most critical. Once in school, reading at grade level by the end of third grade is the single most important predictor of success. However, a lack of support, available resources and absences put children at risk for academic failure.
United Way makes it easy through with resources available to all. We’re starting our kids off on the right foot even before they can walk! United Way is committed to instilling a love of reading in all children in the Tennessee Valley.
Having a mentor greatly increases a student’s potential for success. In fact, children and youth who have mentors experience improved self-esteem, greater academic achievement, increased motivation in school and better lifestyle choices.
Education Programs We Support
It takes connected community
We partner with local agencies focused on empowering every individual to achieve their full potential where it matters most: where we live.