Kids On Track

United for Childhood Success

Did you know that children who are not reading at grade level by the end of third grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school? Or that over the last decade, 37 percent of third-graders in Chemung and Steuben counties were not reading at grade level?

The goal of our Kids on Track initiative is to ensure all children are reading at grade level by age 8, so they are set up for success in school, work and life. Providing young children with a healthy environment in which to learn and grow is good for their development and their success in school. High-quality early childhood programs also bring impressive returns on investment to the public.

We are pulling together the critical players and thinkers needed -- schools, providers, funders, businesses -- all with a purpose that is to ensure kids have the best chance. Our Kids on Track Council, a group of educators, child care professionals, human services professionals and others, is the backbone of this effort at United Way.

How We Are Keeping Kids on Track

United Way and its partners are addressing some of the barriers to early childhood success:

School Readiness

Children start learning at birth. By encouraging the social, physical and emotional development of young children, we lay the foundation for their success in school and life.

Did you know? By age 4, children who live in higher-income households have heard 30 million more words than children from low-income households.

Summer Learning Loss

During the summer, children need to stay engaged to prevent losses in literacy and other academic areas. Learning programs can mitigate loss and even provide academic gains.

Did you know? By the end of summer, students perform, on average, one to two months behind where they left off in the spring.

School Attendance

Chronic absence in grades K-2 has been proven to dramatically impact the level of reading proficiency achieved by third grade. Absences ultimately negatively impact students’ competitiveness and graduation rates.

Did you know? In our local school districts, data shows the rate of children chronically absent in the early grades (K-3) is nearly twice that of the national average.

2017 Program Partners


For information and resources, visit one of our partners.

Chemung County - Chemung School Readiness Project

Steuben County - Family Enrichment Collaborative