Ensuring a Bright Start

All children have the potential to succeed in school and in life, but not all children have an equal chance to realize that potential. The first five years of a child’s life are the most critical for brain development, but many homes cannot provide the crucial supports for that growth. Parents should be a child’s first and best teacher, but in Massachusetts, 33 percent of children enter kindergarten unready to learn. And they may never catch up. Unless they can read at grade level by third grade, they’re four times less likely to graduate from high school.

Lower income parents, especially those who speak little or no English, have limited education or are unfamiliar with the culture, often feel incapable of participating in their children’s education. They depend entirely on the public schools, and do not provide the guidance and enriching experiences that more fortunate children get at home. As a result, children from these homes often start school one or two years developmentally behind their higher-income peers, a disparity that can compound over a lifetime and hinder chances for success.

Parents and caregivers, no matter their income or cultural background, need tools and resources to support their children's education, development, and well-being.

United Way supports:

Access to quality childcare and early education

  • Early Intervention Assessment
  • Kindergarten readiness
  • Early childhood literacy
  • Social-emotional learning opportunities
  • Parenting


UWGNB Programs

Baby Bundles Logo

Baby Bundles supports new moms by providing carefully packaged bundles filled with baby essentials like diapers, wipes, bibs, and more! Plus, important information about early childhood development, literacy, and local programs and services. Powered by Women United.

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Delivers expert tips, child development resources and information about local events directly into the hands of anyone caring for children 0 – 8.  Bright by Text is free and available in English and Spanish. Powered by Women United

Sign up now by texting GREAT to 274448.

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Creates reading corners at area laundromats for children to read while there and provides free books to take home and build their own library. This effort focuses on increasing literacy and developing a love of reading. Powered by Women United.

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