This summer, United Way Success By 6® is taking it to the streets of Northern Kentucky to unite communities to change lives. Though a grant received from the Kentucky Governor’s Office of Early Childhood, all Northern Kentucky school districts will be joining together once again go door-to-door and share information about early childhood programs and the importance of early learning. This grassroots effort has been a success in the past and has increased awareness and enrollment in early learning programs.
“Three years ago, the Erlanger-Elsmere school district partnered with the Erlanger-Elsmere Head Start program to canvas the community and share information about early childhood,” said Amanda Greenwell, director, United Way of Greater Cincinnati – Northern Kentucky area. “Their initial work has inspired similar efforts to take place in all 16 school districts, with district has making their efforts unique by providing information about early care options available in their community.”
Success By 6 has united volunteers for canvassing in three Northern Kentucky school districts this summer: Covington Independent, Erlanger-Elsmere and Newport Independent. Volunteers are distributing bags to families including:
- A parent intro letter – What is this bag anyway?
- How to get help in paying for child care using CCAP (Child Care Assistance Program)
- Information about the NKY Parent Portal found at www.mypre-k.com
- A book of Parent/Child activity cards, including when it’s time to go to the dentist, register for preschool, etc.
- Information on what quality care looks like in an early childhood setting.
On June 5, volunteers distributed 200 bags in the Covington community. In a larger effort in Erlanger-Elsmere on June 8, more than 70 volunteers including Erlanger-Elsmere community members, United Way and school district staff, members from various schools and elementary, middle school and high school students (including Lloyd High School coaches and football team) united in to distribute 900 bags to the community.
“The Erlanger-Elsmere School District knows that 90% of a child's brain development occurs in their first 5 years of life, and this is why we have collaborated with so many wonderful partners to ensure all of our children have access to high quality learning opportunities during those first five years and beyond,” said Kathy Burkhardt, superintendent, Erlanger-Elsmere Schools. “We are honored to work with so many volunteers to travel door to door to share information with families about all of the wonderful early learning programs and resources available in our school district and in our community.”
Success By 6 is still seeking volunteers to go door-to-door to distribute bags on Thursday, June 28 in Newport. Volunteers will meet at 10 AM at Newport Primary School located at 1102 York St, Newport, KY 41071. For more information or to sign up, click here: https://uwgc.volunteermatch.org/search/opp2953765.jsp
Additionally, Success By 6 has distributed 3,000 bags to localpediatricians to reach even more families in our region.
“As Kathy said, because we know that 90% of a child's brain is developed by the age 5, these efforts in sharing information with young parents is important for the future success of each child in our region,” said Greenwell.