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Encouraging Kids to Love, Dream and Think BIG with Pre-K Partnerships

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

Dr. Seuss, “I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!”

Helping all kids in the Greater Austin area go more places is what we do at United Way ATX through our work with the Success By 6 (SX6) Coalition. Ensuring all kids are happy, healthy, and ready to succeed at school and beyond is the top priority, and we know that access to books and a high-quality education help us get more kids there. Through our Pre-K Partnerships program, a Success By 6/AISD collaboration, we partner with child development centers in the Austin community to deliver high-quality pre-K and provide partnership centers with resources that help them improve and sustain quality services for children. This partnership is flourishing, and exceeding our first-year expectations…and a local acclaimed children’s book author took notice.

Kat Kronenberg is the best-selling author of the Love Big trilogy, inspiring kids to dream, think, and love BIG to reach their full potential. She knows this BIG goal can’t be achieved alone, so we are honored that she reached out to partner with United Way in sharing her books, message, and heart at two of our Pre-K Partnership sites.

“For the new year, one of my resolutions is to help bridge the gap for kids that tend to be left behind and make books relevant and exciting for them….I have helped in different cities over the years, and for the new year it came up that I needed to give back in my own city. Then I saw on your website what you guys are doing, and I couldn’t wait to reach out :).”

-Kat Kronenberg

In honor of Valentine’s Day, Kat Kronenberg visited two of our high-quality pre-K centers (Bright Beginnings and Wonder Years) and gave away copies of her book “Love Big” to the kids at those centers. She did an interactive reading with the classes, and everyone had a blast. We know that having access to books at home is a game-changer for early learning, and we are so thrilled to have allies in the community like Kat Kronenberg who help us bridge the gap on this need in ATX.

To learn more about Pre-K Partnerships and the work that the Success By 6 Coalition is doing in Greater Austin, visit our website.

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