Healthy Beginnings

Healthy, Thriving Young Children Ready for School Success

Healthy, Thriving Young Children Ready for School Success


Children are born healthy and have the social, emotional and developmental supports needed to thrive in the foundational years and arrive ready for school success.


  • New parents receive support through home visitations during their child's first three years to nurture healthy development and counteract early childhood trauma.

  • Children get quality early learning opportunities so they enter kindergarten with the social, emotional, cognitive, language and physical skills needed for success in school.

  • Parents and caregivers gain the tools and understanding they need to provide the most effective early learning and developmental support for their children.

Our Work

Born Healthy & School Ready

Promise 1000

Connecting this region's vulnerable families to supports that optimize the beginning years for young children prenatal to age three – the first 1,000 days of life. Partners include Children’s Mercy Hospital, Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City and the region’s home visiting programs.

Family & Caregiver Engagement

Success By 6 Resource Centers

Putting early learning tools and resources in the hands of parents and caregivers through a partnership with area school districts to promote optimal child development during their child’s critical early years.

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

Recognizing that as few as 20 books in the home strengthens early literacy, this initiative of United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council provides a book a month to children birth to age 5.

Cherokee Nick

Cherokee & Nick's Story

Cherokee Atkins can quickly list what she wants for her 2-year-old daughter: She wants her to grow up in a stable home. She wants her to feel financially secure. She wants her to have the opportunity to go to college.

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