What is Success By 6®?
Launched in 2006, Success by 6® is an early childhood education initiative that provides knowledge about opportunities for early learning and pre-literacy skill development. Success By 6® is led by a community-based team of business leaders, educators and child advocates who strive to guarantee at-risk children age birth to six are healthy, safe, nurtured and ready to succeed.
Why do we need Success By 6® in Central Illinois?
From birth to age six, children’s brains develop very rapidly, and early learning is crucial as it lays the groundwork for the future. Early childhood development programs initiate cognitive and character skills, preparing children for success in kindergarten and overall achievement in school.
Because parents are a child’s first and most important teachers, future academic success begins at home. By actively participating in their child’s early education, parents can increase their child’s performance, growth and reading and writing skills.
Who does the program reach?
The Heart of Illinois United Way’s Success By 6® initiative reaches at-risk, low-income families in Peoria, Tazewell, Woodford, Stark, Putnam and Marshall counties.
The Be a Page Turner Reading Program began in 2008 and targets children ages three to six. With partners in Marshall, Peoria, Putnam, Stark, Tazewell, and Woodford counties, the reading program distributes new books to over 3,000 students for 9 months out of the year, giving each child in the program the chance to learn to love to read at an early, yet impactful, age. Parents and teachers are engaged in the reading program through family nights held by the partner agencies and early childhood literacy training for teachers at the beginning of each school year.
In 2014, 100 area teachers and more than 1,400 preschool children and their families participated in the Success By 6 math initiatives including professional development classes for teachers and math workshops for parents. Strategies include how to screen students, teaching materials, coaching support for teachers and parents, and practical tips to help young children count, identify numbers, and much more. Funded by the PNC Foundation, Illinois Action for Children-Building Blocks (Grand Victoria Foundation), Skip-a-Long Family and Community Services, and Heart of Illinois Association for the Education of Young Children.
Improving social-emotional skills in young children is critical to early learning and future success in school. Success By 6 equips childcare providers with research-proven, developmentally appropriate social and emotional strategies that promote positive behaviors. Funded by Illinois Action for Children — Building Blocks (Grand Victoria Foundation), Skip-a-Long Family and Community Services, and the Heart of Illinois Association for the Education of Young Children.
Monthly Activities for Parents, Caregivers and Preschool Children
In a series of monthly activity sheets, the Heart of Illinois United Way Success By 6 brings together a collection of early learning activities focused on literacy, math and social-emotional skills. Starting in August with the beginning of the school year, each month there is a special theme, related activities, and a suggested book list. Success By 6 invites you to the preschool children in your life to enjoy the “Read to Me”, “Talk to Me”, and “Count with Me” activities.