This article was contributed by Stephanie DeMaro, United Way local operating board member, Women's Leadership Council member and volunteer. Here, Stephanie shares with us some of her families' favorite summertime activities that keep her kids active and learning - and in the spirit of United Way - ready for school success all year round.
For Kenley, preschool readiness impacted her far beyond the textbook ABCs and 123s. It opened the door to school success, fun and new friends.
Before her preschool readiness experience, Kenley would often "meltdown" because she wasn't able to communicate her needs. This isolated her from her peers and prevented her from playing with other children. Desperate to improve Kenley’s communication and socialization skills, her mother enrolled Kenley in a local preschool readiness group funded by United Way's Impact Fund.
Addie has physical challenges with speech and walking due to Cerebral Palsy. Towards the end of Addie's time in elementary school, her mother began to worry that - just like in elementary school - Addie wouldn't be able to connect with her teachers or support staff in middle school.
Addie feared change, and her mother didn't want her academics to suffer as she transitioned to a new school.