Did you know that singing, reading aloud and turning everyday activities into fun learning games can help young children build a foundation for success in school, work and life? Research shows that 90% of a child’s brain develops in the first five years of life. That’s why Oscoda Area United Way is working with partners, schools, child care providers, preschools and afterschool care providers to help children start school ready to succeed.
Early brain development has a lasting impact on a child’s ability to learn and succeed in school and life. The quality of a child’s experiences in the first few years of life helps shape how their brain develops. For example, reading with young children, singing, and having reading material in the home is proven to boost pre-literacy skills. Children who aren’t reading proficiently by 3rd grade are four times more likely to drop out.
That’s why Oscoda Area United Way works with our local schools to better students. But there’s so much more to do. Children in this community still need that kind of support. You can make a difference, today. Contact Oscoda Area United Way to get involved.