Success By 6

Success By 6 is an early childhood community collaborative dedicated to supporting our community through family and parent engagement, early behavioral and mental health services and greater awareness of resources for parents, caregivers, and early childhood providers.

We believe in the transformative power of investments within early childhood.

Jointly funded by United Way of Kankakee and Iroquois Counties and Community Foundation of Kankakee River Valley, Success By 6 is comprised of early childhood professionals, passionate grandparents and guardians, school administrators, nonprofit leaders, healthcare providers, police chiefs, entrepreneurs and other community members who believe in the transformative power of investments within high-quality programs for young children and their families.

Our Mission: To impact the success of children birth to age six through policy formation, environmental changes and direct services.
Our Vision: Success By 6 envisions a community where all children and families are happy, healthy and well-adjusted.

History of Success By 6

United Way of Kankakee and Iroquois Counties and the Community Foundation of Kankakee River Valley created Success By 6 in 2008 to ensure all Kankakee County children ages 0-6 have the necessary enriching experiences and positive parent-child relationships necessary to begin school ready to succeed. Since 2008, Success By 6 has led multiple initiatives focused on parent support and school readiness such as early learning calendars, preschool fairs, parent cafes, Text4Baby, Kindergarten Bootcamps and caregiver trainings.

In 2016, Success By 6 partnered with the Erikson Institute of Chicago to implement the Early Development Instrument (EDI) in Kankakee County. The EDI is a community measure that provides information about children's health, development, and school readiness that can serve as a guide for our community as we seek to improve services and community conditions to better prepare children for success in school and in life.

Explore the Early Development Instrument Data

Steering Committee

Amanda Chorak | Olivet Nazarene University

Carolyn Short | Iroquois County Community Unit School District 

David Andriano | CUSD 9

James Duggan | Bourbonnais Elementary School District 53

Juanita Redd | Garden of Prayer Youth Center Inc.

Nicole Smolkovich | Community Foundation of Kankakee River Valley

Rhonda Pence | Iroquois Federal

Sarah Schoon | Central Citizens' Library & CUSD 4

Tyler Reynolds | Easterseals Jumpstart Home Visiting Program


Access the Success By 6 Strategic Plan here.

The Success By 6 Coalition meets quarterly. Use the sign-up form below receive updates and meeting invitations. 


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