United Way — Live United
EDUCATION Action Area
SUCCESS BY 6®
Preparing children to succeed in school and life
Children are born ready to learn. In fact they are born learning! What takes place between birth and school entry greatly determines whether they will enter school ready for sustained success, something we want for all children. Conversely, what takes place in these early years determines whether a gap in competencies – cognitive, social/emotional, and physical – will exist from the start of K-12 education, leading to a wide range of problems that are significantly more difficult, as well as more expensive, to address later on.
Ensuring all children in Lane County are safe, healthy, cherished and enter school ready to learn is the mission of Success By 6®.
United Way of Lane County strategically invests in programs that measurably help us reach the goal of having every child in Lane County enter school ready to learn.
Success By 6® is honored to serve as one of eleven sites in the nation on an advisory group for the Frontiers of Innovation, led by the renowned Dr. Jack Shonkoff at Harvard University. In this role, Success By 6® will engage in an interactive process of designing and piloting creative, new intervention strategies and contributing to active, cross-site learning.
Success By 6® and the Oregon Pediatric Society are the co-leads on Oregon’s technical assistance grant from Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, with support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, to develop a system for earlier identification of children at-risk for developmental disabilities and delays and connection to community supports.
The two Lane County Promise Neighborhoods are incubators for the development and piloting of innovative programs for the identification of effective programs to scale up to other neighborhoods or county-wide.
In 2011, United Way of Lane County received funding from the Oregon Parenting Education Collaborative to coordinate parenting education activities across the county. The Oregon Parenting Education Collaborative is a multi-year initiative led by The Ford Family Foundation, The Oregon Community Foundation and Oregon State University. Financial supporters include the Meyer Memorial Trust, the Collins Foundation and OCF Donor Advised Funds.