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Success By 6

What is Success By 6?

Success By 6 is the in-house education initative of United Way of Southwest Oklahoma.  

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.

 

Mission

                  All Oklahoma children will enter school healthy and ready to

                                   succeed in school and in life.      

 

What We Do

Success By 6 serves children birth through 6 years of old in order to ensure that all kids are ready and able to learn by the time they enter school. We realize that all children face barriers to succeeding in the classroom.  Through our 8 programs we strive to reach out to young children and thier families to help bridge the gaps that sometimes leave children unready for success when they start formal schooling.  A coalition of service providers, service users, and community members serve as an advisory council to help Success By 6 continue on our mission and reach our goals.  

                

Our Programs

Prescription for Reading-provides a book for children who go to a well-child visit at 4 local doctors' offices.  During the visit the child gets a book which they can use to build a home library.

Books and Badges-is a partnership with the Lawton Police Department's Community Oriented Policing Unit where officers are given books to pass out in low income and crime ridden neighborhoods.  Officers often stop and distribute books at apartment complexes or anyplace children are gathered.  Officers make the extra effort to schedule reading times at select apartment complexes in low income neighborhoods.

Raising a Reader-is a partnership with several local school districts and a Head Start program to provide books for all chidlren enrolled in Pre-K.  Students are provided with books, on a rotating basis, to take home, ensuring that they have exposure to over 100 books to read with their families. 

Books and Bibs- is a partnership with local area hospitals to make sure that new moms get a book and bib for their baby.  The mom also gets information about how to care for and start her child on the right track to succeed in school.  

Parent Trainings-provide parents of young children, education on a variety of topics.  The topics are decided based on survey responses from parents of young children in our area.

Book Swaps-provide chldren and their families a way to update their home libraries.  several times a year, at various locations, children are encouraged to bring the books they have outgrown and swap them for new books.  During the summertime temporary book swap sites are set up at summer meal sites.  The Comanche County Health Department's WIC office, our Little Free Library (located outside of the United Way of Southwest Oklahoma office at 1116 SW A Avenue), and Nick's Nook (Located at the Lawton Food Bank) serve as permanent book swap sites.  Children are encouraged to take a book even if they do not ahve a book to swap.

Communtiy Events- is a partnership with several local oragnizations to educate the public on what Success By 6 does and how to get inovlvoed in one of our programs. 

               

Goals

Empower parents to be the best parents/caregivers they can be by providing information, programs and resources to help their children succeed in school. 

To provide the resources needed to create public awareness in community members, parents, and service providers throughout Comanche County and to mobilize the community  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.

 

 

Success By 6 serves children birth through 6 years of old in order to ensure that all kids are ready and able to learn by the time they enter school. We realize that all children face barriers to succeeding in the classroom.  Through our 8 programs we strive to reach out to young children and thier families to help bridge the gaps that sometimes leave children unready for success when they start formal schooling.  A coalition of service providers, service users, and community members serve as an advisory council to help Success By 6 continue on our mission and reach our goals.  

 

School Readiness Calendar

Every year a early childhood education specialist compiles and creates a Kindergarten School Readiness Calendar for those families who have children entering Kindergarten during the next school year.  This calendar is designed to help families and their children learn those skills necessary for success in Kindergarten during the summer months.  Download a copy of the Kindergarten School Readiness Calendar here.  If you have comments or questions about the calendar please contact our Literacy Coordinator, Barbara Griffin