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Making Sure Children Get a Strong Start

United Way provides programs and services that support parents and educators and sparks curiosity, growth and a life full of potential for kids in their earliest years.

United Way is fighting to ensure that all children get a strong start, with a solid foundation for success in school and life. Research tells us that 90% of a child's brain develops in the first five years of life. That's why United Way starts early by helping children 0-6 achieve crucial developmental milestones on time and start school ready to succeed.

When you give to United Way of Southwest Missouri and Southeast Kansas, you support programs that prepare children to enter school ready to succeed, read proficiently by third grade and make a successful transition in and out of middle school.