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Success by 6: Early Childhood

Our Goal

United Way is dedicated to ensuring that all our Mid Coast children get the best possible start in life.

Our Approach

Our Success By 6 volunteers work to publicize the latest research on early childhood, expand quality and accessible early care and education programs in child care settings, promote the importance of reading with young children, and expand supports and resources for new parents.
The Council’s work includes: 

Home Visiting Initiative

Building a more cohesive “system” for parenting supports, especially with access to home visiting services, with the support of the John T. Gorman Foundation, The Betterment Fund, Jane's Trust, and individual donors.

Community Read Aloud

Annual event Monday, March 2, 2015 for volunteers who love to read. Register for the 2015 Community Read Aloud online here, by calling United Way at 443-9752 or by downloading, completing and mailing us a Reader Registration Form!

Volunteer Reader Network

Ongoing reading for volunteers who are matched with a child care. Interested in reading once a week or once every two weeks with young children? Contact United Way at 443-9752!

Born Learning

Information and activities for parents and caregivers.


United Way Funded Strategy
 Number of Local People Served
Providing home visiting and education services to promote healthy parenting and prevent abuse
Provide high quality child care and early education programs
Encouraging parents and children to participate in early literacy programs, encouraging more reading in the home



“Knowing that I have a support person when no one else is available helps me a lot.” 

Beth Pierce of Waldoboro struggles financially while trying to be the best parent she can be for her active son Austin. Her home visitor from the Healthy Kids program based in Damariscotta has helped Beth connect to other resources in her community and has provided parenting information and supports. Three-year old Austin is now receiving speech therapy and has started attending Head Start.

“Healthy Kids gives me different tools and tips as a parent
raising a young child,” says Beth.

Home visitors help parents get the best possible start with their babies, and can support a family until the child enters kindergarten or sometimes even after the child enters school. The home visitors model positive interactions with the child which research has shown are critical to children’s healthy brain development. Starting early and creating a strong foundation for a child’s brain architecture is critical to children’s later success in school, at work, their ability to get along with others, and their long-term health.