Success by 6

Early Childhood Education

Creating a future in which all children in our community enter Kindergarten healthy, happy and ready to succeed in school and life.

Now, more than ever, research has shown the earliest years of life can set the stage for lifelong physical and mental health, and academic success. Children thrive when they are cared for by responsive and sensitive adults; participate in regular, stimulating early learning experiences, and enjoy healthy food and active play.

We work with education organizations and community stakeholders to create opportunities for low-income infants, toddlers, and young children to receive high-quality education before they even enter kindergarten. We also provide opportunities for their parents to receive the skills they need to better prepare their children for success in school and beyond.

Success By 6 Strategic Plan

In 2012, Success By 6 released the first early childhood community wide strategic plan formerly known as the School Readiness Action Plan (SRAP). A strong coalition of early childhood advocates, experts, parents, service providers, and business leaders worked to transform the early childhood system in Travis County through a strategic plan. Built through two decades of advocacy work by local early childhood champions, the plan was informed by the science of early childhood development and by the emergence of strong programs with demonstrated long-term and meaningful impact on children and families. We are currently on version 3.0 of this community-wide plan.

Plans & Updates

Bright by Text

We know parenting can be challenging. Bright By Text Can help! As part of the statewide Start Smart Texas campaign, United Way and KLRU, in partnership with United Ways of Texas and Texas PBS, are bringing Bright by Text to Austin.

Bright by Text is a free parent and caregiver texting service that sends tips and resources promoting child development, targeted to a child’s age from 0-8 years.

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

Center Project

Every child in Austin deserves access to high-quality, accredited early care and education. The Center Project is building the quantity and quality of child care in our community.

The first five years of a child’s life are a developmentally critical period when 90 percent of all brain development occurs. What happens in these early years has a lasting impact from kindergarten readiness to third-grade reading scores to high school graduation and beyond.

Our community-wide Success By 6 School Readiness Action Plan identifies access to high-quality early care and education as a key strategy in ensuring all children in our community enter kindergarten happy, healthy and prepared to succeed in school and life.

Early Language Coaching

Oral language has a significant impact on a child’s kindergarten readiness and on their success throughout school overall. Children who are behind in receptive language skills are set on a path to start school behind and stay behind without additional early intervention. Through deploying Early Language Coaches, we ensure children are provided with engaging, age-appropriate material to nurture their skills.

Early Language Coaches are placed for approximately nine months in child care center classrooms serving children ages 3-5 in small group settings or one-on-one.

Family Connects – Texas

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

United Way is partnering with Austin Public Health to provide the clinical staff and expertise for Family Connects Texas. At full scale, all families in Travis County will be offered a home visit from a trained nurse. Nurses will provide a complete family assessment in the home, and are able to provide 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.

To learn more about Family Connects Texas or to have your program listed in the community resource database, please contact Shalyn Bravens.

Maternal, Infant, Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV)

United Way for Greater Austin is the lead on the Travis County Maternal Infant Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) grant from the State of Texas by and through the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) and the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS). MIECHV funds voluntary, evidence-based home visiting programs that serve the most vulnerable populations in Travis County.

The Travis County MIECHV award supports Success By 6, the School Readiness Action Plan community coalition and the Family Support Network.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under MIECHV grant #24532533 awarded to United Way for Greater Austin. The total MIECHV grant is $1.1 Million which is matched by local dollars. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be.

Pre-K Partnerships: A Success By 6 / AISD Collaboration

Expanding families’ access to high-quality Pre-K is critical to our mission to fight poverty.  We know that children who experience high-quality Pre-K are more likely to enter Kindergarten ready for school.  United Way, in partnership with Austin ISD, created the Pre-K Partnerships: A Success by 6 / AISD Collaboration.  The Collaboration partners with high quality child development centers in the Austin community to deliver high quality Pre-K on-site to eligible children.  Partnership centers have access to a robust network of supports and resources that set them up for success.  For more information, email

News about Success by 6 Programs

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