Taking Action for Local Kindergarten Readiness


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“We knew Brandon might struggle starting Kindergarten. We didn't have the money for preschool and we were really worried he'd already be behind.”

5 year old Brandon’s family is not alone. Many others are also unable to enroll their kids in high-quality preschool in our community. This year in Vanderburgh County alone, more than 300 children are on a waiting list to receive vouchers for kindergarten readiness programs.  Fortunately, Brandon's parents found they could enroll him in United Way of Southwestern Indiana's K-Camp, a four-week kindergarten readiness program designed to prepare kids like Brandon with little or no preschool experience to thrive in their new roles as kindergartners.

Thanks to United Way donors, there is zero cost to families for their children to attend K-Camp. Your support helps teachers and volunteers work with students on how to get along with others. They practice following directions and rules, and work on recognizing shapes, letters, counting, and writing their names.

After camp, Brandon’s parents saw a huge improvement—especially with his ability to sit quietly and listen to the teacher. Thanks to you, Brandon showed measurable improvement in his reading skills, and is better prepared to succeed in school. Because of United Way donors, kids in our community can be kindergarten-ready—no matter their family resources.

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