Success by 6
What is Success By 6?
Success By 6 is a partnership of local businesses, community social service agencies, and county government that is focused on building a comprehensive early childhood system to address the physical, social, emotional, and intellectual needs of children birth to age 6.
Success By 6 is not a program - it is a community-wide initiative, that depends on people in our community (i.e. you) to develop strategies based on local needs to ensure children are ready to learn when they enter school.
Success By 6 is raising awareness about early childhood development. It is improving the delivery of critical services for very young children and their families. It is advocating for public policy that supports the community's youngest children.
Why is this important?
Children learn best when they have proper health and nutrition, a safe and stable family and home life, and
activities that stimulate creativity, curiosity, and all the skills they will need to succeed in school and life.
Research has taught us that the earliest years of childhood are critically important to children's long term development. When children are thriving, their parents can provide for and support a more stable family. Quality education for our children today prepares them for high quality jobs tomorrow. A high quality workforce empowers Pennsylvania to compete nationally and globally, improving the quality of life for all.
Success By 6 and United Way of Wyoming Valley hosted a series of events this year to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families in the local area.
Week of the Young Child 2013
In partnership with the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s annual celebration, United Way and Success By 6 participated in the Week of the Young Child from April 14-20, 2013.
Revolving around DREAMS of and for local children, and in an effort to promote awareness for children’s needs, a series of events and activities will be held during this week, including:
- Celebrity and Vocational Dream Reading Days at local area Child Care and Pre-K Centers from Monday, April 15th through Friday, April 19th.
- Dream Balloon Release Event on Saturday, April 20, 2013. This event will include children’s activities and allow community members to write a dream and release a balloon in honor of area children.
On October 18, 2012, United Way and Success By 6 hosted a free unique, interactive experience for over 90 community members that helped bring awareness and understanding to what it feels like to live in poverty.
Participants in this Simulation took on roles of family members facing a variety of challenging, but typical, circumstances from homelessness, job loss, and poverty with a shortage of money and an abundance of stress.
With over 28.6% of all children living in Luzerne County living in poverty, this epidemic is a harsh reality facing our community.
A special thanks to the Catholic Youth Center for hosting us, Luzerne Foundation and PNC Bank for sponsoring, and Catering by Callahan for providing the delicious lunch!
If you are an individual, agency or company interested in getting involved, please contact Sara Peperno at 829-6711 x235.