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REAL ISSUES

   

46% of children are not ready
to succeed in school by the
age of 5.

Only 17% of chronically absent* children in K and 1st grade can read by the end of 3rd grade.
*students missing 2+ days of school per month

Children who aren't reading proficiently by 4th grade are 4x more likely to drop out of high school.


PROVEN SOLUTIONS

   

Increased Attendance

Academic support with a focus on reading

Give parents tools to help prepare their children for school

Focus on after-school programs in low income sections of communities

Recruit new mentors, tutors and readers throughout Westchester and Putnam

Continue to focus local leaders on solutions through research and education on root causes


MENTOR OR TUTOR A CHILD

SmartStartOver the last few years, United Way has been working with children like Anthony, a 7 year-old in Mt. Vernon who could not read or write, to provide intensive tutoring through our SmartStart initiative. The day he was able to write his full name on his assignment, for the first time, was a powerful moment for him this year.  There are many children, like Anthony, who just need a caring adult to spend a little extra time with them. Sign up to volunteer today!

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