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United Way Success By 6®
What do you want to be when you grow up? It’s the age-old question adults ask children from the earliest age. At United Way of Northern New Jersey, we ask ourselves: What keeps our children from realizing their dreams? No matter the answer to the first question – a teacher, a doctor, firefighter, or president – United Way works to ensure that all our children are given a fair chance to meet their full potential.
Substantial evidence points to the importance of high-quality early childhood experiences in setting the groundwork for success, both in school and life. However, due to the high cost of living in the region, ALICE® (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) and low-income families struggle to access quality, affordable child care. It costs a New Jersey family an average of $1,600 a month to enroll an infant and preschooler in child care. This is often the most expensive line item in the family budget – sometimes even more than housing.
United Way Success By 6 is focused on making sure our community’s youngest members receive that quality foundation, regardless of family income. We work to equip the adults and organizations in their lives with the tools needed to provide high-quality care and early learning experiences from birth through age 6.
United Way Success By 6 Mission
United Way is committed to creating communities where all children from birth through 6 years old, and especially those from ALICE and low-income families, have access to affordable, high-quality early childhood education and experiences that prepare them to succeed in school and life.
United Way Success By 6 goals are to:
- Ensure children from birth through age 6 are prepared socially, emotionally, and academically
- Strengthen and enhance the quality of early education experiences
- Improve the availability and affordability of early education services
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