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

• Starting school with the skills needed to succeed
• Reading proficiently by fourth grade
• Transitioning successfully from middle school to high school
• Graduating high school on time

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.


Three Pillars Info Sheet