KCC: Get Involved

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.

How to Get Involved

We rely on community support to make sure students in Kindergarten Countdown Camp are ready to start school in the fall. Here’s how you can help:

Donate Books

You can support Kindergarten Countdown Camp by donating books! We need to raise 560 books by July 1st to support Kindergarten Countdown Camps this summer. Send your book directly to us at United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg through our Amazon Wishlist or share our preferred booklist. You can also make a financial donation to the drive to help us by the books in bulk. Email Leanne Lytle (lytlel@yourunitedway.org) to learn more.

Volunteer

We need volunteers to support Kindergarten Countdown Camps this summer. Learn more and sign up below!

Come read books and lead fun activities for rising kindergarteners while their families learn about kindergarten preparedness and how best to support their child through United Way’s Kindergarten Countdown Camp.

  • Location: Southside Elementary; 10305 Boydton Plank Road, Dinwiddie, VA 23841
  • Date: June 30, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
  • Spaces Available: 15
  • Register now!

United Way volunteers read books that feature diverse and empowered characters, exhibiting resilient behaviors. Volunteers ask comprehension questions to help students build resilience and early literacy skills. Volunteers will read to each KCC classroom for approximately 30 minutes.
  • Location: Flat Rock Elementary School; 2210 Batterson Road, Powhatan, VA 23139
  • Date: July 14, 2022. 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Spaces Available: 6
  • Register now!

Come and read a book and lead a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activity with rising kindergarteners. Volunteers will help students learn about the plant lifecycle while reinforcing other important kindergarten readiness skills like how to participate in group activities, use scissors and listen to instructions. Click on the links below to register.

Come and read a book and lead a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activity with rising kindergarteners. Volunteers will help students learn about the plant lifecycle while reinforcing other important kindergarten readiness skills like how to participate in group activities, use scissors and listen to instructions. Click on the link below to register.

Come and read a book and lead a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activity with rising kindergarteners. Volunteers will help students learn about the plant lifecycle while reinforcing other important kindergarten readiness skills like how to participate in group activities, use scissors and listen to instructions. Click on the links below to register.

Advocate

Helping your community starts with understanding the issue. Here are some ways you can be an advocate for kindergarten readiness in our region:


Learn More

  • Visit the Kindergarten Countdown Camp homepage.
  • Read the story about how Kindergarten Countdown Camp changed the start of school for one parent and her twins.
  • View the outcomes data from our 2021 Kindergarten Countdown Camp.