Goal: Youth achieve academic goals and demonstrate life skills necessary to become positive, contributing members of the community.

Focus Areas

  • School readiness
  • Early grade reading
  • Middle school success and reading
  • High school graduation

Focus on School Readiness

School readiness is the first step on the path to a successful life. Children are born learning, and the critical period between birth and school can determine a child’s future. 90% of brain development occurs before a child enters the classroom, so early learning is key.

Children from low-income families may already be 1-2 years behind their peers when they start school. United Way of Washington County knows that education is one of the building blocks for a successful life. That’s why we’re committed to improving school readiness, promoting early grade reading, and advancing personal development.