United Way Wins Grant To Plan Kindergarten Readiness

United Way Wins Grant To Plan Kindergarten ReadinessPHILADELPHIA PA – The United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, a community fund-raiser for non-profit agencies in Montgomery County and eight others across the greater Philadelphia region, has won a $200,000 “Roadmaps to Health” community grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to improve kindergarten readiness rates in Pennsylvania, the foundation announced Thursday (Dec. 13, 2012).

The grant will support a two-year education and advocacy campaign to adopt and implement common kindergarten readiness assessments across early childhood and K-12 education classes. The effort will be directed by the United Way, Economy League of Greater Philadelphia and local education and community partners.

The foundation so far has awarded similar grants to 18 coalitions across the United States. It hopes the alliances will create healthier places to live, learn, work, and play. Adopting uniform kindergarten readiness assessments are intended to improve education and talent development outcomes. The foundation expects they will provide a common measure to determine whether children have developed skills they need to succeed in kindergarten and beyond.

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