AN EARLY INVESTMENT
United Way of Pierce County wants to see more children succeed in school and in life. Making sure they meet all the criteria for kindergarten readiness – cognitive, social, emotional and physical – can help them be successful in future years.
Increase the number of children ready for kindergarten from 44 percent to 90 percent.
WHY IT MATTERS
HOW WE WILL DO IT
By making sure kids have a strong start, we are putting them on the path of success and out of poverty. In addition to funding programs that align with our goals through our three-year funding cycle, we are also partnering on the following efforts:
PARENT/CAREGIVER SUPPORT PROGRAM
Through our partnership in First 5 FUNdamentals/Project Child Success, Pierce County’s Regional Early Learning Coalition, we learn with and work with over 60 of the area’s child-serving organizations: libraries, school districts, preschools, museums, child care, healthcare and others—to organize efforts to better serve more children and their parents so all young children can thrive.
United Way of Pierce County connects volunteers to local child care facilities that could use a little help reading to their kids. Sign up now to be a Lil Reader.
United Way believes that change happens when communities work together. We bring people together to make a real difference in the issues the community cares about. We are currently working in collaboration with the following to address issues around early learning:
WHAT YOU CAN DO
To reach our goals, we need your help. There are many ways you can get involved:
- Make a financial gift to United Way of Pierce County
- As a parent, become your child's first teacher - Download the Kindergarten Readiness Calendar in English or Spanish
- Volunteer your time to read to kids
- Use your role as a business leader to advocate for education issues
- Serve as a mentor
- Write a letter to your political leaders or local editor