A Hope for the Future

Author: Helios Education Foundation

January 3, 2014

"Our hope is to help every child receive high quality early literacy education.  We are working with parents, neighborhoods and early care providers to build the foundation for the future academic success of each child."  Kathy Maes, School Readiness Initiative, United Way Suncoast.

The United Way Suncoast’s Early Literacy Initiative is helping ensure children in the Sulphur Springs, North Greenwood, Potter and Campbell Park neighborhoods in Tampa Bay, Florida have access to early language and literacy resources that provide them the best opportunity for success in the early grades. The initiative also provides children with the key foundational skills essential to read at grade level by the end of third grade which is a key bellwether for future academic success throughout middle school, high school and postsecondary education.         

The program offers information and services to children and their families whose combined income is below the federal poverty level and their neighborhoods offer very few community resources. Additionally, the program aims to raise awareness among parents, preschool teachers, child care practitioners, and community leaders about the importance of early education and its relationship to school readiness.

Early learning has a tremendous impact on children. Providing parenting support and improving the quality and availability of early learning environments and early intervention services help provide children opportunities for learning and an improved quality of life.

Helios Education Foundation has invested $1 million over three years in the Early Literacy Initiative.

Category: Early Childhood Education

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