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Our goal

All children in Austin/Travis County enter Kindergarten happy, healthy, and prepared to succeed in school and beyond

Current reality

35% of children under 6 live in households with low income

Meet the Success By 6 Coalition

The Success By 6 Coalition is a network of child and family advocates — providers, parents, policymakers, civic leaders, and experts — working together to transform Austin/Travis County’s early childhood system.

The first 2,000 days of every person’s life are foundational. Studies show that a child’s experiences during those early years literally build the architecture of their brain. While 90% of the brain develops before age five, only 6% of public education spending goes to the early years — and just 4% and 6% of education philanthropy and edtech investments.

Driven by a community-wide strategic plan, the Success By 6 Coalition works to make the most of every child’s 2,000-day journey from birth to Kindergarten.

The Success By 6 Coalition is convened by United Way for Greater Austin as part of our collective impact work to fight poverty.

To further the efforts of the Success By 6 Coalition, United Way for Greater Austin and E3 Alliance formed Early Matters Greater Austin, a group of business leaders committed to strengthening early childhood education. Businesses can qualify as a Best Place for Working Parents® through a self-assessment highlighting 10 family-friendly policies that have research-proven benefits to businesses’ bottom line.

See our community investments

invested in early childhood development, through our Community Investment Grants

  • $508,000 home visiting and parent education
  • $303,500 high-quality child care
  • $129,700 mental health
  • $60,000 data

supports local early childhood initiatives

In the past year, we also made these sub-grants to the community

supports home visiting programs in Travis County; funding from US Department of Health and Human Services

supports Family Connects, a nurse home visiting program; funding from St. David’s Foundation to Austin Public Health

supports Pre-K Partnerships centers; funding from Austin ISD/Texas Education Agency

supports professional development of Pre-K Partnerships teachers; funding from Moody Foundation, Texas Education Agency, and Webber Family Foundation

COVID-19 relief funding to support child care centers and home providers; funding from the City of Austin, Homegrown, and St. David’s Foundation

Learn about our proven programs

Family Connects & Home Visiting

Family Connects Texas is a nurse home visiting program offered to every family with a newborn in Travis County to give babies the best possible start in life.

United Way partners with Austin Public Health to provide the clinical staff and expertise for Family Connects Texas. During a home visit, Registered Nurses provide a complete family assessment in the home, give immediate maternal and family support in areas such as breastfeeding or safe sleep, and are able to provide warm referrals to a comprehensive database of community resources. At full scale, all families in Austin/Travis County will be offered a home visit from a Registered Nurse.

To learn more, visit the Family Connects Texas website or contact Shalyn Bravens at

Pre-K Partnerships with AISD

Expanding access to high-quality pre-K is critical to United Way’s mission to fight poverty. Children who participate in high-quality pre-K are more likely to enter Kindergarten ready to succeed in school and beyond. In partnership with Austin ISD we created Pre-K Partnerships. We partner with child development centers in the Austin community to deliver high-quality pre-K and provide partner centers with resources that help them improve and sustain quality services for children.

Learn more here or contact Madison Mattise at

Bright by Text

We know that parenting can be challenging. Bright By Text can help! Bright by Text is a free texting service for caregivers of children from prenatal to age eight, promoting child development and access to local programs and events.

To sign up for Bright by Text, text SMARTATX to 274448 or sign up here for tips, resources, and information about local events.

Bright by Text is a United Way and Austin PBS partnership and part of the statewide Start Smart Texas campaign supported by United Ways of Texas and Texas PBS.

To learn more, contact Martina Santesteban at

Impact: At a glance

999 %

of children under 6 from low-income households participate in high-quality early education

999 %

of families with children under 6 participate in parenting support programs


families with newborns received a nurse home visits through Family Connects


businesses received the Best Place for Working Parents® designation

To learn more, please contact:

Cathy McHorse
Vice President of Success By 6

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