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

Preparing children to be successful learners when they begin kindergarten.


About Us:

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: 


  • United Way Kindergarten Jumpstart and United Way KinderClub are 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. 
  • 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.
  • Fun Learning Activities you can can with your child at home. We hope you and your child have an awesome time of fun and learning at all of our events, but we don't want the fun to stop there. Click here for a list of activites and resources.The activities are suggestions for helping your child’s development and growth. Each child develops at his/her own speed and may do more or fewer of the activities identified for a particular age.

             * ​Click here for a sheet of activities for you and your child to try around St. Joseph. 

          *Activities are offered through the collaboration of community partners that include: Community Action Partnership Headstart, St. Joseph School District Parents As Teachers, St. Joseph Public Library and Rolling Hills Consolidated Library. Some are also 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.*

Childcare Workers:

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 for a checklist of what to look for in a childcare facilty. 



Success By 6 volunteers work on various committees to improve child care, educate parents, raise awareness, and increase school readiness. Volunteers work with United Way Success By 6 in the following ways:

  • Parent Education Team
  • Quality and Accreditation Team
  • Success By 6 Partners
  • Other opportunities to help with specific projects and tasks


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

816.364.2381 or bobbie.cronk@stjosephunitedway.org or jay.martin@stjosephunitedway.org