Learning begins at birth, which is why United Way's approach to education takes a cradle-to-career perspective.
Social interaction, pre-literacy skills and vocabulary development occur in the earliest years of a child’s life, an all-too-brief window for opportunity to establish and improve these skills. With the right programs and interventions, we can eliminate the achievement gap and learning disparities between high- and low-income families.
Our Strong Start programming at Danbury's Park Avenue School embraces families as integral members of the school community and partners in their child's success, by inviting them into the community and supporting them as they transition into the school system.
We've made incredible progress. As a result of this relationship building and programming, 57% of kindergartners whose parents participated in our Park Avenue Strong Start Initiative met the district benchmark on the STAR Assessment, far surpassing the class average of 48%.
A stronger start earlier in school means a future full of possibility for our students. Learn more about United Way's early childhood programming and investments in our communities and support our journey to ensure every child has the best start possible.