(Above) YoungStar is a rating system for childcare programs that ranges from one to five stars. After participating in Milwaukee Succeeds’ Quality Early Care & Education program, Tiny Tots Learning Center was able to raise their YoungStar rating and provide improved education to the children they serve.
At United Way, we know that education is the cornerstone of individual and community success. Strong, productive communities are dependent upon a skilled workforce that can compete in a global economy. It is critical to reach children early—even before they start school.
Young people in Milwaukee at every stage of life are underserved and underperforming – particularly our low-income and students of color. Our young people have so much to give the world. We must ensure that all students, no matter where they live or where they come from, are given the tools and resources needed to become anything they want to be.
That’s why United Way partners so closely with the work of Milwaukee Succeeds, which works is for systems change and centers around four goals: kindergarten readiness, school success, college and career readiness, and social/emotional learning.
United Way & Milwaukee Succeeds Shared Goals
As a founding partner in Milwaukee Succeeds, United Way is leading three groups to implement strategies to increase the:
- Number of children enrolled in high-quality early childcare programs in our community from 1,500 children in 2013 to 3,000 by 2020. As of 2019, this goal had been exceeded.
- Level of parental awareness of their young children’s needs for healthy development by ensuring access to developmental screenings and the support of parents as the experts of their children.
- Number of children immunized to ensure the overall health of Milwaukee children by educating parents and expectant parents about the importance of preventive health care on children’s long-term success.
Your gift to the Milwaukee Succeeds initiative helps provide a cradle to career pipeline for youth in our community. Donate today.