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United Way Success By 6®

An Initiative of United Way of Greater St. Joseph Since 1999

Preparing children to be successful learners when they begin kindergarten.


United Way Success By 6 fosters and participates in community-wide partnerships to prepare young children for future success. Research has shown how critical the earliest years are in setting the stage for  life, indicating that children who enter kindergarten with the foundation to learn are likely to succeed and reach their full potential. For the last few years, local kindergarten screenings have indicated that approximately half of St. Joseph’s incoming kindergartners are demonstrating skills needed to begin kindergarten successfully. United Way Success By 6 aims to strengthen the system that nurtures the community’s youngest children by working with parents, childcare providers, early education teachers, and local businesses who can all help children develop. The initiative works to educate parents about their key role as their child’s first teachers, raises the level of quality in community childcare centers, and informs community leaders about the importance of the early years.

United Way Success By 6 work in: 

Parent Education:

United Way Kindergarten Jumpstart and United Way KinderClub are two United Way Success By 6 kindergarten readiness programs for parents and their preschoolers. Through each program, volunteer teachers share academic and social information  with parents of children who will be starting kindergarten the next fall to use at home.

Parent Resource Kits are compiled by United Way Success By 6 and distributed to parents of babies and incoming kindergartners each year. The kits contain important local resource information for parents of young children and materials to help parents learn about the developmental milestones their children should be reaching that year.

Success By 6 Play Paths provide activity stations for families of young children at Bartlett and Hyde parks and at the park north of the Family Campus YMCA. Click here to learn more. Did you and your child have a ton of fun at one of the play paths? Click here for ideas on how to keep the fun going.

Family Activities are offered to help guide parents and caregivers to read, sing and play with their young children. Activities are clickable here as they approach: Family Fun TimeEarly Literacy Celebration and Hot Dog Party, and the Dr. Seuss' Birthday Brunch.

 *Activities are offered through the collaboration of community partners that include: Community Action Partnership HeadstartSt. Joseph School District Parents as TeachersSt. Joseph Public Library, and Rolling Hills Consolidated Library and some are funded, in part, by The Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, as administered by the Missouri State Library.*


Quality Childcare:

As part of supporting improved childcare, United Way Success By 6 offers scholarships for employees of participating local childcare centers to pursue degrees in early childhood education. United Way Success By 6 also coordinates a network for directors of early care and education. The network provides training on a variety of management and leadership topics and serves as an opportunity for directors to share experience and expertise. Various trainings and activities occur throughout the year as part of the United Way Success By 6 focus on quality local childcare, and an annual celebration is held to recognize academic and other achievements that impact the quality of care. For information regarding childcare training, please contact Bobbie Cronk, Director of Children's Initiatives. 


Click here to learn how volunteer leadership guides United Way Success By 6.


For more information,contact Bobbie Cronk, Director of Children's Initiatives or Jay Martin, Program Director at

816.364.2381 or or