Promoting healthy early childhood development to ensure children enter school ready to succeed.
From birth to age six, children’s brains develop very rapidly, and early learning is crucial as it lays the groundwork for the future. Early childhood development programs initiate cognitive and character skills, preparing children for success in kindergarten and overall achievement in school.
Because parents are a child’s first and most important teachers, future academic success begins at home. By actively participating in their child’s early education, parents can increase their child’s performance, growth and reading and writing skills.
75% of children in the Wabash Valley are not enrolled in a high quality child care
1 in 4
Over a quarter of children in the Wabash Valley don’t have the basic literacy skills required to enter 1st grade.
Over 50% of Wabash Valley children qualify for free or reduced lunch, and face food scarcity or insecurity at home.
Success By 6® is a United Way of the Wabash Valley initiative designed to provide every child with the opportunity to develop basic reading skills so that they may enter kindergarten ready to learn.
It is essential that our community recognizes that learning begins at birth and the foundations for learning are established during the developmental years of birth to 6.