Studies show that children who enter school ready and prepared to learn are 4 times more likely to graduate from high school. Education is one of our key focus areas and United Way of Whatcom County has taken a leadership role in supporting early childhood education with a specific emphasis on early childhood literacy. For the first time, we have supported a cross collaborative early learning pilot program with Central Elementary School in the Ferndale School District. This program is bringing together families and a variety of non-profits to get children ready for school and has been so successful, helping more than 150 families, that it is now being expanded to all elementaries in the Ferndale School District!
Click here to see a short video of the program in action.