United Way of Central Florida

Mission Statement:

Success By 6 is dedicated to the following goal: To create a community where all children, by the age of 6, have the mental, physical, social, and emotional foundation needed to grow into healthy, productive members of the community.

Vision Statement:

Carol Barnett - UWCF SB6 Initiative Background Success By 6 envisions an enlightened community in which people from all walks of life have joined together in a commitment to families and children. That commitment, deeply felt and translated into action, will ensure the mobilization of resources to provide every child with a safe, nurturing environment needed to foster self-esteem, the expression of individuality, and the ability to learn how to learn for a lifetime. This investment in our children will promote greater economic health and quality of life.

Why Success By In Central Florida?

  • º Just one half of all children entering kindergarten in Polk, Highlands and Hardee Counties have the early literacy skills needed to enter school ready to succeed.
  • º 30% of children in Florida live in single parent households.
  • º 42% of Florida's children are from low-income families.
  • º 19% live in high poverty neighborhoods.
  • º Children who start behind, usually stay behind.

United Way of Central Florida's Success By 6 Initiatives

Parent Resource Guide
The Success By 6 Parent Resource Guide is published three times a year in The Lakeland Ledger to assist our parents and families in linking with services and community agencies in Polk, Highlands, and Hardee Counties. It is a 12 page insert into the Sunday paper that also contains informative articles and notification of upcoming events.

Spirit of the Family
This award honors businesses that provide family friendly policies and workplaces. Winners of this award have demonstrated that they are committed to providing policies that improve the quality of life by helping employees to balance work and family commitments. This investment in our children promotes greater economic growth and a stronger workforce.

School Readiness Neighborhood Initiative
This initiative targets neighborhoods where children that are considered at-risk for school failure reside. It provides an internship for childcare instructors using a Master Teacher along with parent education classes to help the instructors and the parents help prepare children to enter kindergarten ready to succeed.

Parent Lending Libraries
These actual, portable libraries are being established at childcare centers that participate in the Neighborhood Initiative to encourage parents to read with their children. This promotes the early literacy skills that prepare children to enter school ready to succeed.

Born Learning
This is an innovative public engagement campaign that helps parents, caregivers and communities create quality early learning opportunities for children. Through national public service advertising, parent materials and community mobilization activities, Born Learning provides "doable" action steps that are fun, easy and can be done in everyday moments, to prepare young children for school.

Family Fundamentals

Family Fundamentals
This Success By 6 parent resource center is a warm and welcoming place where caretakers come to access information, support services and other tools they need to be the best parents they can be. At least 50 agencies offer services on site to provide a one-stop opportunity for parents. Family Fundamentals offers many ideas and activities to promote the brain development and family relationships children need to enter school ready to succeed. Recurring activities for parents and children include playgroups, school readiness activities and creative movement. Other current classes are childbirth preparation, GED/Adult Basic Education, computer, and parent education. Family Fundamentals is a 10,000 square foot facility with a library, computer lab, learning kitchen, craft room, playroom, classrooms, meeting rooms, and a mom's room. For more information call 863-686-1221 ext.221, or stop by at 1021 Lakeland Hills Blvd, Lakeland, Fl 33805. For more information click on "Family Fundamentals".

The the Web site for Success By 6 at United Way of Central Florida is: http://www.uwcf.org/impact/successby6

For more information please contact:
Director Success By 6
United Way of Central Florida
P.O. Box 1357
Highland City, Fl 33846-1337
863-648-1500 ext. 265
863-648-1535 (FAX)