United Way's Success By 6® school readiness initiative helps prepare children birth to age 6 develop the educational, social-emotional, and positive experiences necessary to enter kindergarten ready to succeed. Since the majority of brain development occurs between birth and age five, quality early learning and care programs have a profound impact on lifelong success and support cognitive, social, and emotional development.

The initiative encompasses five program that focus on increasing family engagement and child development, specifically pre-literacy skills. Materials are provided in English and Spanish. A volunteer advisory council of community-based business leaders, educators and early childhood advocates, leads these components of the initiative:



Born Learning Trail: Trails provide outdoor learning opportunities for parents and young children. Learn more >

Born Learning Kid Basics: Flashcard information engages a parent in well baby care and supportive parent engagement from birth through 2 years.

School Readiness Calendar: Calendar features family-oriented activities designed to teach the basic skills needed for pre-k children to enter school ready to learn. Learn more >

Page Turner Reading Program: In-school program focuses on encouraging family engagement, developing literacy skills in pre-k young children, and building a home library. Learn more >

Tiny Turners Reading Program: Home visiting program designed to support parents with family literacy engagement and build a reading library for their young child. Learn more >


School Readiness Partners

United Way of Rock River Valley thanks the following partners and sponsors for embracing our Early Childhood Education initiative to improve community conditions. Together with these organizations, United Way is creating opportunities to ensure every child succeeds in kindergarten and reads proficiently at grade-level.

Alpine Bank
Associated Bank
Blackhawk Learning Connection
Circles of Learning
City of Rockford Head Start
Community Foundation of Northern Illinois
Diocese of Rockford
Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago - Rockford Region
Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois
Green Bean Academy
Harlem School District #122
Header Die & Tool
Illinois Bank & Trust
John Morrissey Accountants
Northwest Bank of Rockford
Northwestern Illinois Building & Construction Trades Council
Pecatonica Preschool
Rasmussen College
Rock River Valley Blood Center
Rockford Process Control
Rockford School District #205
Rockford United Labor / AFL-CIO Community Services
Smith Charitable Foundation