Indiana is one of only eight states that does not invest any public funding into early childhood education programs. In Southwestern Indiana, it is estimated that 60% of the students entering kindergarten have received no formal early learning opportunities. Many of these children start school behind their peers and are unable to catch up. The United Way prepares children to enter school ready to learn by increasing literacy skills at a young age and increasing family involvement in literacy, health and other factors that lead to school readiness.
Childhood Success Goal:
Children enter school ready to learn and are successful in primary school.
United Way-Led Childhood Success Program:
K-Camp is a four-week program where children with little to no preschool experience become
familiar with a classroom setting, practice following directions and rules, work on skills such as
recognizing shapes, letters, counting and writing their names to help them prepare for their new roles as kindergartners.
Early Learning Center – Carver Community Organization
State licensed program that uses the Creative Curriculum to teach fundamentals and literacy skills to children ages 6 weeks to 12 years.
AARP Experienced Corps Evansville – Carver Community Organization
Academic mentoring program which is one of 19 Experience Corps project sites nationwide, addressing high-risk behavior of youth
grades K-3, by preparing them for successful educational and social development by utilizing the experience of older adults age 50 and better
Early Childhood Education and Child Care – St. Vincent Early Learning Center
High quality, curriculum-based early childhood education for ages 6 weeks to 6 years.
Y-Read – YMCA of Southwestern Indiana
Program that works to improve reading skills at or above grade level.