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Goal: Youth are succeeding in school and becoming positive members of our community.

• Improving school readiness
Promoting early childhood reading
Preventing high school dropouts
Advancing life skills and personal development

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.