Nearly two out of three low-income kids in King County are behind their peers when they start kindergarten. The ParentChild+ program closes this preparation gap by supporting parents during the crucial early years of their kids’ development.
Parents give their testimony about the impact of the ParentChild+ program in their lives.
When parents become their children’s first and best teachers, kids start school on a path to success.
Children from low-income communities of color routinely start school well behind their peers. They have as much potential as any child. Their families simply face bigger inequity.
The ParentChild+ program closes this preparation gap by supporting parents during the crucial early years of their kids’ development. When parents become their children’s first and best teachers, kids start school on a path to success.
How It Works
Learning at Home and Learning in the Classroom
This program reaches struggling, low-income families when and where it matters most—in the home, when children are 2 and 3 years old. With this specific, respectful support, parents can prepare their kids for success.
- Trained parent coaches visit families at home twice a week for two years
- Coaches bring a book or toy each week and model educational play
- Families are matched with coaches of the same language and cultural background so the program is culturally relevant
Success to Date
Reaching More Kids and Parents
Prepared for kindergarten
- 85% showed significant increases in school-readiness skills like focus and communication with teachers and other students
- We’ve expanded the program in high-need areas of south Seattle and south King County. Our program partners now also serve immigrant, refugee, African American and Native American families
- Recent local research shows the program positively affects kids for years beyond kindergarten. Kids who participate are 30% more likely to graduate high school
Help Every Family That Wants Support
With your support, we can make the ParentChild+ program available to even more low-income families. Our goal is to double the percentage of kids in our community who are ready for kindergarten – from 40% in 2015 to 80% in 2020.
This is about giving all children in our community, particularly the most vulnerable, a chance to thrive, both today and tomorrow.Brooke and Josh Williams, United Way ParentChild+ program donors
Get Involved with ParentChild+
There are several ways to get involved with ParentChild+. You can become a sponsor, donate, or click below to learn more about the program