Early Learners = Bright Future


Talking is Teaching Campaign

United Way of the Coastal Bend’s Success By 6 initiative is focused on improving kinder readiness for children of the Coastal Bend. Studies show that a significant amount of young children in our region don’t have the vocabulary or cognitive skills necessary for a successful start to their education. To address this issue, United Way of the Coastal Bend’s Success By 6 early childhood initiative partnered with Too Small to Fail to bring the Talking is Teaching campaign to our community. 
The Talking is Teaching campaign provides a highly engaging and easy to use set of educational tools for parents, caregivers and educators – emphasizing the importance of talking, reading and singing with young children. The United Way of the Coastal Bend Success By 6 initiative will distribute these materials – materials that help turn everyday activities into a learning opportunity – to parents, child development centers, and home visiting programs. We will also sponsor Spanish-language public service announcements for the campaign on KORO to broaden the message that talking, reading and singing together is vital to a child’s development.
To learn more, visit the Talking is Teaching website or visit our Talking is Teaching Resources page to download materials and get started today.  
Have questions? Call Sherry Peterson, Success By 6 Director, at 361-882-2529 x121.

About Success By 6

Parents watch proudly as their 5-year-old grabs her backpack and heads out the door to her first day of kindergarten—her “official” start into the world of education and learning. Actually, she has been preparing for this day since before birth.  The mother’s prenatal care and the child’s relationships, along with her earliest experiences, will greatly influence how her brain develops.

Many families in our area struggle with sufficient income, food insecurity, unemployment and other life issues which can have negative, long-lasting effects on our children.

Recent data showed that too many children in our community do not have the necessary motor, verbal or cognitive skills appropriate for kindergarten.

To meet this community need United Way of the Coastal Bend created the Success By 6 Initiative and Coalition.

Comprised of many representatives of various organizations and agencies from our community, the coalition is committed to improving the overall health, early education and developmental needs of children to ensure the youngest members of the Coastal Bend have the tools they need to be ready for the first day of kindergarten.

Why Does It Matter?

The Success By 6 Program exists so that children are prepared for kindergarten. Once children fall behind their peers, it is almost impossible for them to ever catch up.  This video produced by an Ounce of Prevention demonstrates how we can change the stories of countless children when we invest in early childhood initiatives.

Video use courtesy of OunceofPrevention.com.

To become involved with the Success By 6 Coalition or to learn how you can help, please call Sherry Peterson, 361.882.2529 x121.