Our Focus on Childhood Success
We all know that a good education is essential to success in life. During the early years of childhood--which includes time spent at home with parents, in daycare, and in preschool programs--children are developing the primary skills that form the foundation of reading, counting, and social interaction. A child's vocabulary, as early as age three, can predict third-grade reading levels. Children not reading at grade level by the end of third grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school.
Research shows that regularly reading to young children is the best way to stimulate the literacy skills needed for school success. Yet a community needs assessment revealed that Medina County lags in the percentage of parents who read daily to their children ages 0 to 5.
United Way of Medina County is investing in programs to help ensure our kindergartners show up for the first day of school well-prepared to learn. United Way is also investing in programs that help make sure all county third graders are reading on grade level.
Our Early Childhood Development goals are:
- Promote and increase early childhood literacy and school success
- Address emotional and social barriers to learning
- Provide after school academic and mentoring opportunities
2017 Investments: $125,750
Big Brothers Big Sisters' Sidekick Mentoring Program--Provides high school mentors to elementary students in this site-based program. Mentors provide homework support, friendship, and engage in activities that are structured to improve decision-making skills, self-esteem, conflict resolution, and how to be a better citizen.
Child Guidance and Family Solutions' Toddlers and Preschoolers Succeeding--Assists at-risk children from falling behind academically as a result of poor social skills. The program evaluates, supports, and enhances the social well-being of children in preschool programs by providing training and on-site support to preschool teachers.
Medina Community Police Activities League (MCPAL) Afterschool Program--Staffed and supported by Medina County police officers, this after school program delivers recreational, educational, and athletic activities while providing a fun, safe and caring environment that develops positive attitudes towards police officers.
Medina County District Library Medina County ROCKS (Reading Opportunities Create Kindergarten Success)--This family reading program educates the parents of incoming kindergartners by showing them how to teach early literacy skills to their children.
The Salvation Army of Medina and Wadsworth Learning Zone--An afterschool program that is designed to assist academically at-risk children by providing homework assistance and individualized tutoring in math and reading, as well as enrichment activities and socialization.
Summer Reinforcement Program--Provides a five-week tutoring program in a classroom setting for ages 3 to 11 years. Emphasis is placed on reading and math skills, as well as speech therapy.