Helping Children and Youth Achieve Their Potential
Long-Term Community Vision: All young people will be prepared, inspired and empowered to be career or college ready.
The North Texas Area United Way is committed to ensuring every child has the means to reach his or her full potential in and out of the classroom. We’re committed to helping our children succeed, but success starts with a great foundation. Through programs like Race for the Stars, our children participate in high-quality programs rich with developmental and skills-building fun that will prepare them for kindergarten. Children who enter kindergarten ready for the classroom will perform better on third grade reading tests and enter fourth grade right on track for a successful trip to high school graduation.
North Texas Area United Way is working at critical points along the school spectrum to ensure the academic success of our children and youth. United Way is championing the cause of education by engaging neighborhoods, parents and businesses to support school readiness. The mobilization of community resources is creating a community of hope and opportunity for our children who are better prepared to succeed.
Improving education is a cradle-to-career undertaking. Children learn wherever they are. That's why North Texas Area United Way has put emphasis on five education focus areas over the last several years: school readiness, early grade reading proficiency, middle grade success, high school graduation and post-secondary success.
Programs and Services
8956.org – Comprehensive community website that provides development resources for school readiness. For more information on United Way’s community driven school readiness work, click here: http://www.8956.org
Born Learning Trail – Located in Lucy Park, the Born Learning Trail captures 10 fun outdoor games and is designed to be an interactive learning experience for children as they play their way through the park with a parent or caregiver.
Community Cafés – Neighborhood development program for Eastside and West Lynwood neighborhoods. Children attending enjoy learning stations while adults develop their own action plan to improve outcomes for their families, early childhood education and neighborhood improvement.
Early Childhood Intervention Team – Free screenings to identify a child’s developmental strengths and weaknesses. One-on-one assessments to determine if assistance is needed to help get your child on the right track to school success. Team members include Language Facilitator, Behavior Specialist and Social Worker.
Imagination Library – 3,457 area children receive a free, age appropriate book through the mail each month from Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.
Little Free Library – Located at 1133 Ridgeway Drive in front of Building Blocks Learning Center. The children of the West Lynwood neighborhood can "take a book, leave a book" from the free-standing street-side library.
Live ‘n Learn – Bi-weekly playgroup and daily activity program to improve the quality of parent interaction with children who reside in the West Lynwood and Eastside neighborhoods. Program teaches parents how to integrate language development into daily activities with their children through a custom curriculum used at home.
Race for the Stars – Promotes quality early childhood education. Support program for formal childcare centers, families, friends, and neighborhood childcare providers to improve the quality of early childhood education and interaction through specialized training and workshops.
The HUB – Supports Eastside parents and families and provides resources to ensure quality early childhood development. Focus on improving adult literacy skills which improves parent interaction with children.
Other – Complimentary programs that support the mission of improving academic and behavior outcomes for youth including: Affordable, quality childcare at Child Care, Inc.; early childhood education programs, after school program, summer camp and Smart Athletics at YMCA; after-school programs and summer camps with Boys & Girls Clubs of Wichita Falls; mental health and substance abuse programs for high-risk youth through Communities in Schools and the Helen Farabee MHMR Center; and RAC PAC kids program at Iowa Park Recreational Activity Club.