2019 United Way Annual Report - Page 22



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PREPARING STUDENTS
FOR KINDERGARTEN
IMPROVING
LITERACY RATES
Children who have not developed
Third grade is the turning point when
basic literacy skills by the time
children make the transition from
they enter kindergarten are three to
learning to read to reading to learn.
four times more likely to drop out
If they aren’t reading well by that
in later years. United Way works in
point, they will most likely struggle
partnership to ensure children have
to read their social studies texts,
access to books that are crucial to
understand their math problems or
early brain development, to provide
follow directions on their science
accessible, high-quality child care
experiments, and they rarely catch
and pre-K programs, and to deliver
up. There is no greater investment
training and support for educators to
in our community than in the future
increase the quality of early childhood
success of our children. United Way
education throughout the community.
is fighting to make sure every child
has the skills they need to succeed
through graduation and beyond.
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