Prepared for Kindergarten

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In order to be kindergarten-ready, young children need quality early education, strong relationships with families, a safe and secure home environment and regular health and developmental screenings and support.

Today, we know without a doubt that quality early childhood education leads to more success in kindergarten and throughout life. For low-income children, early childhood education is one of the keys to upward mobility. It also leads to a stronger economy for all of us.

This work does not just involve preschools – success requires strong families, safe homes and timely screenings to ensure kids are meeting their developmental milestones.

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What We Do

United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg understands the importance of school readiness, as well as the holistic approach required to truly prepare our young children for kindergarten. That’s why we invest in programs that focus on family stability, early literacy, and social and emotional development.

  • We are a founding partner with Smart Beginnings Greater Richmond, which coordinates organizations, businesses and citizens to ensure the region’s children enter school healthy, well-cared for and ready to succeed in school and in life.
  • We serve as the backbone of the Petersburg City and Schools Partnership, which works to create the climate and conditions for every child to succeed by providing a sustainable, coordinated system of supports and access.

How You Can Help

  • Donate. Give to United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg. Let us know you want your gift to help prepare young children for kindergarten.
  • Volunteer. United Way volunteers host literacy events and prepare school-readiness kits for students. Send us an email to get involved, or visit our Events page to see our existing opportunities.
  • Connect. Parents, pediatricians and childcare providers can call 2-1-1 for information about developmental screening and early intervention services in your area.