Preparing Young Children For Life

Our Ready Children Impact Council ensures all children grow up in safe, stable and nurturing environments, are healthy in mind, body and spirit and are curious learners progressing towards their full potential.

Together, Our Impact is Strongest

Uniting the community to identify and solve our most critical issues depends on your generous support.

The Challenges We Face

Poverty, lack of access to prenatal care, quality childcare, domestic violence and substance abuse impair our families' abilities to nurture, protect and prepare their children for school and life.

4,550

children were confirmed victims of abuse/neglect in 2016

11%

of the babies in Bexar County are born prematurely

23.4%

of the children in Bexar County are food insecure

24%

of children in San Antonio are considered “very ready” for kindergarten

Our Work in Action

Reducing Child Abuse

Growing up in a safe, stable and nurturing environment has long-term profound effects on a child’s well-being and development. We're working to provide access to respite care services, parent and caregiver knowledge, and prevention and intervention information to make all the difference in our children's lives. 

Accessing Prenatal Care

All children deserve to enter the world healthy in mind, body and spirit. We're helping mothers access prenatal care, transportation, insurance enrollment, mental health and other supports for basic needs.

Increasing Quality Childcare

All children are curious learners and increasing the availability and quality of early childhood education gets them on the right path right from the start. We're working to increase the number of quality childcare enrollment opportunities for children ages 0 to 3, supporting childcare centers as they progress toward accreditation, and provide professional development for education directors and teachers.

Ensuring Kinder Readiness

Performance in kindergarten informs much of their future performance in elementary school and beyond. United Way’s ReadyKidSA Coalition serves children prenatal to 8 years old and is a blueprint for helping families prepare their children for Kindergarten and life. "Kinder Camps" help pre-Kinder children develop confidence when taking the first steps toward reading, writing, developing social-emotional skills, being mindful of themselves and others, and making new friends. 


OUR READY CHILDREN IMPACT PARTNERS

Autism Community Network
AVANCE – San Antonio
Bexar County Community Health Collaborative
Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Texas
Blessed Sacrament Academy
Brighton Center
ChildSafe
Endeavors
Family Service Association of San Antonio
Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas
Good Samaritan Community Services
Healy-Murphy Center
Madonna Neighborhood Center
Respite Care of San Antonio
Roy Maas’ Youth Alternatives
St. Paul Lutheran Child Development Center
St. Peter - St. Joseph Children’s Home
YMCA of Greater San Antonio
Young Women’s Christian Association

Our Impact

1,267

children 0-8 are at lower risk to experience child abuse as a result of receiving appropriate care

1,664

children 0-5 are enrolled in quality early childcare slots

1,069

children 0-5 are meeting appropriate-age development milestones

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