Vision: Boone County is united to ensure all children are healthy, safe, nurtured and prepared to succeed in school.
Mission: Boone County Success By 6® engages the community in strengthening families and improving the quality of early child development, care and education.
Grand Strategy: Boone County Success By 6®, a United Way initiative, creates awareness of the importance of child development and quality early child care and education by convening community leaders in local government, schools, child service organizations and corporate leaders for support and delivery of services. We facilitate school readiness assessments and provide access to information and services for families with young children. We serve families in Boone County and are leaders in our industry on the local and regional level
Why Success By 6®? The first six years of children’s lives shape their futures, and the success of our community depends on the success of our children. Success By 6® is a long-term, comprehensive plan that involves every aspect of child development during the first six years of life, which determines how children learn, think and behave for the rest of their lives. It brings together individuals, businesses, government agencies, non-profits, and schools as partners to make positive, communitywide changes for children in ways no single organization could.
Why Are the First Years in a Child’s Life So Important?
• We know that, when children receive the right care and nurturing in these first six years, the results can be tremendous. As they grow into teens and adults, they are far less likely to drop out of school, abuse drugs, have health problems or become involved in crime.
• The brain grows fastest in the first three years of life. This is when a young child is developing emotional and social attachment, language and motor skills.
• The brain begins to develop very soon after conception. Having good prenatal care will help you have a positive pregnancy, resulting in a healthier baby, mother, and family.
• A child in full-time care from infancy through age five may spend as much time there as he or she will spend in a classroom from grades one to twelve. Choosing quality early care for your children is critical!
• It’s important for parents to help their children develop good eating habits. Studies show that the kind of food parents and others provide for a child is the single most important influence on what a child learns to eat.
• Infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers should engage in at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day — just like you! Ensuring your child is active every day will help them have a healthy heart, body and mind!
• As soon as a baby’s first teeth appear — usually by age six months or so — the child is vulnerable to decay. Children with healthy teeth chew food easily, learn to speak clearly and smile with confidence.
• The interactions that young children have with materials such as books, papers and crayons and with the adults in their lives are the building blocks for language, reading and writing development. You should read with your children every single day!
For more information on helping your child prepare for success by age six, call 859/534-5810, or contact us by clicking here