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United Way of Northern New Jersey-Success By 6

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United Way Success By 6®

United Way Success By 6 videoUnited Way Success By 6 works to ensure that all children in our region from birth through age six have access to affordable, high-quality early education and learning experiences, regardless of family income. Substantial evidence points to the importance of these experiences in setting the groundwork for children’s success, both in school and life.

However, due to the high cost of living in the region, ALICE® (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) and poverty-level 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, and often costs much more. This care is often unobtainable, or becomes the most expensive line item in the family budget. Yet without a quality social, emotional, and intellectual foundation to prepare them for success, our community’s youngest members, and indeed all of us, will face a costly game of catch-up later on. In response to this critical situation, United Way Success By 6® has developed a range of responses and programs to support high-quality education for children and families in our region.

To learn more about our work explore the links below:

Book Buddies

Our Book Buddies program brings volunteers into area preschools, Head Start classrooms, and child care centers to inspire children’s love of learning and build literacy skills.
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CDA Training & College Scholarship Program

United Way’s CDA Training and College Scholarship Program helps child care professionals in our region attain training, education, and credentials that improve the quality of available care, and help combat high turnover rates in the field.
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Child Care Center Management Support

We support child care centers in our region by offering expertise and sharing best practices to provide support in areas such as management, fundraising, financial planning, and more.
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Child Care Scholarship Program

United Way Success By 6 provides scholarships for more than 1,000 New Jersey children to make quality early education more accessible.
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Grow NJ Kids

United Way Success By 6 is a key partner with New Jersey’s Department of Education and Division of Family Development in developing Grow NJ Kids, a statewide quality-ratings system for all child care centers.
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Parent Programs

United Way Success By 6 supports parents in their role as their child’s first teacher in several ways. 
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Shared Services

We work with area child care centers to help them maintain quality and control expenses.
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Tools & Resources

Our work is based on a wealth of knowledge and research that supports the benefits of affordable, high-quality early childhood education.
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Volunteer Steering Committees

United Way Success By 6 is a volunteer-based coalition of child care experts, business leaders, and community members who are passionate about improving early childhood education in our region. 
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Meet the Team

The United Way Success By 6 team is comprised of talented professionals with a wide range of backgrounds and experience.
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