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

Access the Success By 6 Strategic Plan here.

Success By 6 coalition meets every other month over ZOOM. 

November 10th 10:00-12:00PM - The First 1,100 Days Summit - Presented by Dr. Nagle of the Erikson Institute: The experiences children have in their first three years play a major role throughout their lives. Providing positive experiences in the early years can lead to higher academic achievement, better health, and greater overall well-being later in life. Dr. Nagle will provide  an overview of how the brain develops. He illustrates the relationship between positive early experiences and the communities, schools and homes where children spend their time. Research has shown that children with more positive experiences in life do better in school and even live longer on average. REGISTER HERE.

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