Ensuring Every Child is Ready to Succeed When They Enter School
Success By 6 is an early childhood movement led by the United Way in over 300 cities, counties, and states in America and Canada. It is a community-based, public-private partnership of individuals and organizations that share a common vision—children ready to succeed when they enter school.
Success By 6 is a community-wide initiative, that depends on people in our community to develop strategies based on local needs to ensure children are ready to learn when they enter school. Children learn best when they have proper health and nutrition, a safe and stable family and home life, and activities that stimulate creativity, curiosity, and all the skills they will need to succeed in school and life.
All Oklahoma children will enter school healthy and ready to
succeed in school and in life.
To mobilize the community to support young children and their families by ensuring quality systems are available for childcare, for pre-school programs, for early literacy awareness and education, for maternal/child health, and for parenting education.
Lawton's Success by 6/Smart Start advocates, facilitates, and educates on behalf of children (birth to five) because we know that ready communities plus ready families equal children who are ready to succeed.
We advocate from the state house to the local house through ongoing contact with legislators. Our local emphasis is on programs such as the Month of the Young Child Community Forum, the Leap into Literacy Storytime Training for childcare providers, Bibs and Books distribution to new moms at all area hospitals, Raising A Reader, WIC parenting/nutrition classes and parenting presentations presented at various locations throughout the community.
We facilitate collaborations with the Lawton Public Schools, Cameron Uiversity, Lawton-Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce, County Health Departments, Fort Sill Military MWR, Lawton Public Library, Crossroads Head Start, Great Plains Museum, Great Plains Childcare Resource and Referral, City of Lawton, and various other civic and community organizations throughout southwest Oklahoma.
We educate the general public and individual parents to insure a better world for our children. Public awareness is delivered through public service announcements that are created and broadcast on Lawton's ABC Affiliate-Channel 7.
Lawton Success By 6/Smart Start acts as the catalyst for mobvilizing businesses, policymakers, parents, childcare providers and community leaders to do what is best for young children in southwest Oklahoma.
The Success By 6 community initiative for Lawton is broad based and outcome driven.
Empower parents to be the best parents/caregivers they can be by providing information, programs and resources
To provide the resources needed to create public awareness in community members, parents, and service providers throughout Comanche, Jackson, Harmon, & Tillman Counties and to mobilize the various communities to understand the needs of early childhood.
Children with a greater variety of reading material in the home are more creative, imaginative, and more proficient in reading.