Moira's Message: A Child's First Teacher

With school starting, there is no better time to discuss United Way's Success By 6®’s community partnerships.
September 14, 2021
Two boys reading
Two boys reading
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CINCINNATI, Ohio (September 14, 2021)

Dear United Way friends, 

With school starting, there is no better time to discuss United Way's Success By 6®’s community partnerships.

Throughout the region, we join community-wide efforts to prepare children for kindergarten. United Way prioritizes quality early childhood education because it correlates with financial stability later in life. Kindergarten readiness greatly increases the likelihood a child will read on target by third grade, improving the chance of graduating.

Our Success By 6® program, with the help of over 400 volunteers, assembled and distributed more than 3,000 early education Literacy Kits for children who visit Children’s Hospital Medical Center’s neighborhood clinics.

In Clermont County, we are partnering with several schools, child care centers and families to introduce Ignite by Hatch, a game-based program built to promote growth and development. In Lincoln Heights, our partnership with the community and intentional outreach resulted in a record number of children registering early for kindergarten.

We stand committed to help parents with kindergarten preparation. Parents are a child’s first teacher and we stand ready to support their efforts.

This is just the latest of our work in this area. From helping to educate our community about early child brain development in the 1990s to our support of Preschool Promise and now to our outreach work and partnerships, United Way has been involved in community-wide efforts on early education for about 25 years. We also support community efforts promoting high school graduation, skill-building and employment.

The foundation for economic well-being starts early. We love being involved.


Moira Weir
United Way of Greater Cincinnati


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