Childhood Success

We fight for every child to receive a quality education that offers a pathway to a brighter tomorrow.

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 Kindergarten Readiness Program
During this free four-week program, children with little to no preschool experience will adjust to a classroom setting, practice following directions and rules, practice skills such as recognizing shapes, letters, counting and writing their names as they prepare for their new roles as kindergartners.

Born Learning Trails
Our Young Leaders United sponsored two United Way Born Learning trails in our community. These trails are a
 series of 10 interactive signs(English & Spanish) that offer fun, active learning activities for young children and their families. It helps parents, caregivers and communities create quality engagement opportunities when out on a stroll or visiting a local playground. Trails are located at the following parks:
       Mickey’s Kingdom:
       Riverfront, Downtown, Evansville, IN 47713       
       Deaconess Sports Park:
       6800 N Green River Rd, Evansville, IN 47725

Childhood Success Programs funded by the United Way of Southwestern Indiana:

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, which addresses high-risk behavior of youth grades K-3 by preparing them for successful educational and social development by utilizing the experience of older adults 50 and better.

Early Childhood Education and Child Care – St. Vincent Early Learning Center
High quality, curriculum-based early childhood education for ages six weeks to six years.

Y-Read – YMCA of Southwestern Indiana
Program works to improve reading skills at or above grade level.