The goal of United Way of Greater New Haven's Success By 6 work is to ensure that young children start school developmentally on track. We know that high quality early care and education improves outcomes for young children. Our Quality Matters initiative, which began in 2013, focuses on enhancing teachers' ability to share language and math concepts with young children as a way to improve the quality of care in our region.
Quality Matters works with community partners to provide coaching to home-based and center-based early childhood educators in the communities in our region with the highest percentage of children living in poverty (New Haven, East Haven, West Haven, and Hamden).
“Quality Matters addresses the fact that young children living in poverty are likely to hear fewer and less varied spoken words and be read to less than more affluent children,” noted Jennifer McGrady Heath, executive vice president of UWGNH. “Early math skills also predict higher levels of achievement in both math and reading in later elementary school. Unfortunately,” Heath added, “many preschool teachers place the lowest priority on teaching early math skills to children.”
Recipients of Quality Matters funding are All Our Kin, Catholic Charities/Centro San Jose, Hamden’s Partnership for Young Children, and the New Haven Early Childhood Council.