There are many ways to help young children prepare for kindergarten. It involves quality early education, strong families and safe homes. Unfortunately, too many kids in our area are not prepared to succeed when they start kindergarten. In our service area, 1 in 5 students begins kindergarten without the skills necessary to learn and thrive in elementary school.
United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg wants to close this opportunity gap. We believe that all children deserve the opportunity to succeed in school, and that begins with kindergarten readiness.
United Way’s Kindergarten Countdown Camp is a free summer learning program for rising kindergarten students with limited to no preschool experience. Taught by licensed teachers, Kindergarten Countdown Camp prepares students and their parents for a successful start in kindergarten.Learn More
United Way’s Ready4K is a free and easy service that sends families three text messages per week. Each week, participants will receive age-appropriate facts, easy tips and opportunities for growth to boost their child’s learning by building on existing family routines. This service helps provide every child in our area an equal opportunity to learn and succeed in school.Learn More
Building connections and wonder in our youngest learners requires experiences that extend beyond the usual spaces. And building the safe, inviting infrastructure where that can happen is a project in itself. How it Works United Way builds and installs educational trails in local parks and other community spaces. These trails help parents, caregivers and communities use everyday moments outdoors to…Learn More
United Way Brings Back In-Person Kindergarten Countdown Camps
Building off the success of its 2019 pilot camp and following a shift to virtual in 2020, United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg will host eight Kindergarten Countdown Camps this summer in schools across Powhatan, Goochland and Dinwiddie. The expansion will empower more than 100 young children and their families to succeed in kindergarten this fall.