Success By 6

Ensuring Every Child is Ready to Succeed When They Enter School


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The goal of United Way’s Success By 6 early childhood initiative is to ensure that every child in Bucks County is prepared and ready to succeed by the time they enter school.

We know – and research continues to confirm – that high-quality early education is one of the best investments we can make to strengthen our community. It significantly improves school readiness and increases the likelihood of high school graduation and college enrollment. Long term, this early investment gives us better educated adults – adults who are ready to be financially self-sufficient contributors to Bucks County.

United Way cares a great deal about our children. We actively pursue a number of educational and advocacy efforts to build a community of children who enter school ready to succeed and ready to maximize their true potential. Our children are our future and they are what matters™.


UW Bucks Pre-K Scholarships

United Way of Bucks County offers quality early education scholarships to low and moderate income families throughout the county. We use various funding streams and partner with some of the best early education providers to ensure that hundreds of young children have access to high quality education.

We have a long history of using our Community Investment funds to promote early learning. We have identified it as one of our top priorities and will continue to explore and deepen our investments in the coming years.

 Print PA Pre-K Counts
Through Pennsylvania’s Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL), we fund quality pre-k for 3 and 4-year old children at partner sites in Central and Upper Bucks.
 brochure cover PA Pre-K EITC
UW Bucks is an approved recipient of the Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC). Contributions give local kids a chance at a better education, while providing a tax benefit for participating businesses. Click the EITC brochure on the left to learn more about this opportunity.



Early Child Care & Education Resources


Early Learning Resource Center – Region 16 (Bucks County)
The Early Learning Resource Center (ELRC) administers the child care subsidy which helps working parents pay for their child care expenses. The ELRC is the one-stop-shop that helps connect families with early education programs and services with offices in Fairless Hills and Doylestown.

Headstart Bucks County Head Start
Head Start is a federal program for preschool children from low-income families. Children who attend Head Start participate in a variety of educational activities and also receive free medical & dental care, have healthy meals and snacks, and enjoy playing indoors and outdoors in a safe setting.


Bucks County Intermediate Unit #22
The Bucks County IU is the regional educational service agency, working with the State Department of Education and the local school districts to provide early intervention and other support services to children in Bucks County.

Keystone STARS
Keystone STARS helps families understand the quality of a child care and early learning program. Keystone STARS rates child care programs from one to four STARS and provides a link to search for child care and early learning programs near you.


Bucks County Quality Child Care Coalition
QCCC informs, educates, and motivates the community around quality early learning. The group works with key community stakeholders to raise awareness and increase access to quality early education.



Bucks County Libraries
Our local libraries offer a variety of children’s programs and resources for families.