FOCUS is involved in several initiatives that serve the York County community. Click on the links below to visit each page for more information.
FOCUS, an early childhood initiative of the United Way of York County works to ensure that all children who enter school are ready to learn. It does this through supporting the York County community’s early learning centers, family providers, school districts, and stakeholders, in providing quality early childhood experiences for all children.
Supported by PNC, the Early Literacy 100 Book Challenge encourages families to read to their children every day, which research tells us is the best way to prepare them for success in school.
The Early Literacy Read to Me Challenge is a pre-literacy program that encourages York County families to read to their 1- and 2-year-old children.
United Way Reading Ready Corners are located in high-traffic areas where children and adults may experience wait times. The goal is two-pronged: first, to encourage reading while adults and kids are waiting; and second, to offer the child a book to take home with them.
In partnership with Rotary Club of York, Family First Health, and the York County Literacy Council, Reach Out and Read (ROAR) utilizes well visits at pediatrician appointments where doctors will issue a “prescription” to read at home. At every well visit, children ages 6 months through 5 years old will receive a new book to take home with them.
Little Free Libraries, five of which are supported by United Way of York County, provide additional outlets for distributing books in areas where children may not otherwise have access to age-appropriate books.
Questions? Contact Manager of Early Learning Julie Myers, firstname.lastname@example.org, or 717.843.0957, ext. 822.