Destinee’s mother’s eyes well up with tears when she thinks about how far her daughter has come.
Destinee is enrolled in United Way’s Read to Succeed program, an early literacy program that prepares at-risk pre-K students with basic reading readiness skills to prepare them for educational success.
When she first started attending, she did not know colors, numbers or shapes. In addition, Destinee’s separation anxiety hindered her from being able to focus and learn at school. Her family was so concerned that they considered removing her from the center. The staff continued to reinforce the benefits that children receive in high quality pre-K programs and reassured them that she would adjust.
In just a few short months, Destinee was finally able to focus and learn. She now knows all of her colors, knows the basic shapes, and can count to 10—a milestone in a child’s cognitive process and a critical step in their educational development. Without this program, Destinee likely would have started kindergarten far behind her peers. Children not reading on grade level by 3rd grade are four times less likely to graduate from high school.
Destinee’s mom now rests a little easier knowing that her daughter is on a pathway to success.