Success By 6

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United Way St. Croix Valley's Success By 6 Vision

babymirrorsmall.jpgAll children in our communities by age six, with the strong support of family and community, will have the necessary physical, mental, emotional and social development to successfully grow and learn.  

What is Success By 6?

Success By 6 is not a program or a product or as tangible as a piece of software. It is one of the most important efforts United Way can undertake to ensure a child's bright future. It begins when leaders come together and  focus on ensuring the health, well-being and school readiness of children in our community.  Success By 6 offers a structure, an approach, guidelines and a research-based path - a process and framework for galvanizing communities to change lives.

We know that children who start behind, stay behind. Readiness is a process that begins before birth and must be continually developed during the early years of a child's life. They learn best in loving, nurturing environments and through everyday experiences. These connections prepare them for future learning, especially in the early years. United Way and its partners are leading initiatives to improve the quality of childcare, family support, early intervention and public awareness activities to equip parents to make the best choices for their families.

Photo courtesy of our partner Family Resource Center St. Croix Valley

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Talk, Read, Play, Sing! Initiative

Talk, Read, Sing and Play with children every day. Each of these activities plays an important part in early brain development.  Click here to learn more about our Talk, Read, Play, Sing! initiative.


success by 6 Priorities

Our board has ranked and approved five priorities--the desired results for Success By 6 programs:

  •     Parents and caregivers will have the knowledge and training to provide children with safe, stable and supportive environments.
  •     Parents and children will have opportunities for group interaction, education and support.
  •     Communities will understand the importance of quality early childhood development programs and work to strengthen services.
  •     Parents and community caregivers will be aware of community resources and have the information needed to access them.
  •     All children will receive age-appropriate developmental screening to identify possible delays and provide the parents with referrals to services.

Why We Are Different

  •     Focuses holistically on all children ages zero to six
  •     Part of the largest network of early childhood coalitions in the country
  •     Focuses on results; delivers measurable impact and unique solutions
  •     Local initiative that is owned, developed and customized by our communities
  •     Provides an equal voice to everyone through United Way’s role as a community catalyst and convener
  •     Builds community awareness and commitment
  •     Gets out the message that a child’s first years are crucial to later success in life
  •     Collaborates with Family Resource Center St. Croix Valley and other non-profit agencies as well as additional public and private partners

Change the First Five Years and You Change Everything

Our Partner Hospitals

Westfields Hospital

Your Support

Your support for Success By 6 is key to its long-term influence in our communities.
If you would like to donate to support Success By 6, click here.