Success by 6® is an early childhood initiative that works to ensure that all Kankakee County children 0-6 have the positive and enriching experiences and positive parent-child relationships necessary to begin school ready to succeed.
In collaboration with Bourbonnais 53 District and parents support programs, we are excited to bring the BESD 53 Family Support bus to local libraries and community centers across Kankakee and Iroquois counties to offer development screenings.
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.
Amanda Chorak | Olivet Nazarene University
Carolyn Short | Iroquois County Community Unit School District
David Andriano | CUSD 9
James Duggan | Bourbonnais Elementary School District 53
Mariah Vail | United Way of Kankakee & Iroquois Counties
Mia Hansen | Community Foundation of Kankakee River Valley
Rhonda Pence | Iroquois Federal
Kerstin Rust | Resident & Parent
Sarah Schoon | Central Citizens' Library & CUSD 4
Sarah C Winkel | Project SUN
Tyler Reynolds | Easterseals Jumpstart Home Visiting Program
Collectively, we can help young children succeed in school, which can lead to increased graduation rates, improved public safety, and a stronger local economy.
If we take action now, we can significantly improve the situation:
Bright By Text
Bright by Text is a nationwide text messaging service that helps parents and caregivers of children prenatal to age eight make the most of everyday interactions. Through free tips, information, games, and resources, Bright by Text is proven to build nurturing caregiver-child relationships, strengthen families, promote healthy child development, and improve school readiness.
To sign up, visit https://www.brightbytext.org/Families or text UWKIC to 274448.
Success By 6 is currently in partnership with the Erikson Institute of Chicago to bring the Early Development Instrument to Kankakee County.The EDI is a holistic assessment that provides neighborhood level data on the development of our children. To learn more about the EDI and what has been accomplished with the data so far visit the website below.
75% of Kankakee County children are in child-care at some point before starting school. Illinois has a new Quality Rating process available for child-care providers, using different “star levels” to rate the quality of the child-care provider.
For children in child-care, affordable, quality child-care is essential to a child’s health and future workforce potential. In addition, if a child-care provider receives Quality Rating designation, he/she gets higher child-care subsidies from the state, improving the financial stability of the provider and adding increased wages to the local economy.
The Success by 6® Coalition is funding technical assistance for home-based child-care providers to apply for Quality Rating System designation.