STRONG START FOR KIDS

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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.

OUR GOAL

Increase the number of children ready for kindergarten from 44 percent to 90 percent.

KEY TARGETS

Parents and caregivers, especially in high-need areas, will know how to help young children ages 0 to 5 develop on track and be ready for school

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:

VROOM

Vroom is a free app that helps parents turn shared moments into brain building moments. Whether it’s mealtime, bathtime, or anytime in between, there are always ways to nurture a child’s growing mind. Thanks to daily tips, Vroom helps parents incorporate learning into every day activities. READ MORE
 

PARENT/CAREGIVER SUPPORT PROGRAM

The Strong Start Parent/Caregiver Support Program is a pilot program of United Way of Pierce County connecting parents to resources they need so they can besthelp their children—even if they themselves are going through hard times. We do this through three methods: South Sound 2-1-1, personalized support from our Family Support Navigator and a customized toolkit of parenting resources. READ MORE

KINDERGARTEN READINESS

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.

In addition, United Way provides a kindergarten readiness calendar to help families incorporate critical learning into each day. Download the Kindergarten Readiness Calendar in English or Spanish.

LIL READERS

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.

WORKING COLLABORATIVELY

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: 

First 5 FUNdamentals (Project Child Success) – Partnership of over 60 organizations to help ensure all Pierce County children start school ready to succeed.
 

WHAT YOU CAN DO

To reach our goals, we need your help. There are many ways you can get involved: