From Cradle to Career
Academic Success: Getting it Right from the Start
A healthy beginning to life is a major determinant of early childhood development and later success in school. That’s why our work in Education is focused directly at school readiness and improving early-grade literacy. When kids are ready for kindergarten and are reading proficiently by the end of third grade, they are more likely to graduate from high school.
We work to ensure that all San Diego children:
- Enter school ready to succeed
- Read proficiently by the end of third grade
- Are ready for college or career
- Are surrounded by stable families with the tools for success
By supporting children and their families, we ensure San Diego children emerge as successful, productive participants in our community. And it doesn’t start in the classroom! Parents are children’s first teachers.
Early Means Early
In fact, at United Way, we believe you can’t start early enough. That’s why we say cradle to career, and we mean it.
The early years are essential to develop the emotional and learning skills that help children succeed in school and life. Promoting and developing these skills, while strengthening and supporting family stability, are critical to improving long-term outcomes for students and their families.
These foundational skills are not only important for a successful transition to school, but for later academic achievement and social adjustment as well. Unfortunately, many young children are not developing strong levels of these skills, and that’s where United Way comes in.