United Way Leaders United Quarterly - Summer - Page 3

Together, we can ensure that
our most in-need children enter
kindergarten ready to learn, develop
essential social and emotional skills
and are supported throughout their
academic career.
Preparing Students for Kindergarten
Children who have not developed basic literacy
skills by the time they enter kindergarten are
more likely to drop out in later years. United Way
works in partnership to ensure children have
access to books that are crucial to early brain
development, to provide accessible, high-quality
child care and pre-K programs, and to deliver
training and support for educators to increase
the quality of early childhood education.
Access to books is one of the biggest barriers
kids face when learning to read and doing well
in school. Through Imagination Library of Middle
Tennessee, kids receive a free book in the mail
regardless of their family’s income every month
from birth until their fifth birthday. Studies show
that when parents are given books for their
children, they are four times more likely to read
to their toddlers and preschoolers, and children
who are read to regularly at home hear twice
as many words every year and have a larger
vocabulary by age three.
Another way United Way is investing in early
literacy is through our Read to Succeed program,
a comprehensive early childhood learning model
that builds literacy and social-emotional skills for
preschoolers who need it most. Read to Succeed
ensures that kids—regardless of social or
economic challenges—have the tools they need
to reach their highest potential. Read to Succeed
started in Nashville in 2004 when only 33 percent
of five-year-olds were testing kindergarten-ready.
Read to Succeed has a strong emphasis on
home-to-school connection because it’s proven
that encouragement from parents and family
members helps to build confidence.
U n it ed Way o f M etro p o lita n N as h vi l l e

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