Early Childhood Development
Quality Child Care For All
United Way fights for high-quality early childhood care and education that is accessible and affordable for all. That's how we LIVE UNITED.
A recent survey conducted by Care.com found that one-third of American families spend 20% of their income on child care. What’s more, five out of six children eligible for federal child care assistance do not receive it, primarily due to lack of funding. Far too many families in our community are unable to afford the costs of quality child care and our local children are at risk of missing out during the most important time of their personal development. Skills build upon skills and the further a child falls behind, the harder it is to catch up.
Fortunately, United Way and its partners are banding together to provide child care assistance vouchers to low-income and underserved families in LaPorte County; and at the same time, fighting for early care and education at the local, state, and national levels.
Kindergarten Countdown Camps
Kindergarten Countdown Camp is a free four week summer camp designed to prepare children with little to no preschool experience for their new roles as kindergarten students. The camps are taught by licensed, experienced teachers and help kids adjust to the routines and procedures of kindergarten in order to help them transition into school.
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United Way of LaPorte County's Early Childhood Development Collective Community Impact work also supports the continual professional development of education of pre-k educators and professionals in our community through traditional higher education, trainings, workshops, and networking opportunities.