Transforming Children's Futures


Transforming Children's FuturesThe United Way is proud to lead Transforming Children's Futures (TCF) - a coalition of community agencies centered on the core educational focus areas of school preparedness; regular attendance; summer learning loss; family engagement and healthy growth and development. TCF is taking our lead from the Campaign for Grade Level Reading—a national initiative which strives to disrupt generational poverty by mobilizing communities to find solutions for one of the major obstacles in the pathway out of poverty: improving third grade reading proficiency.

Essentially, children are learning to read from birth through third grade, but from fourth grade on, children are reading to learn.

When a child misses this key milestone, the trajectory for future success is much less likely. 

Our Vision
Every child in our community will have access to the supports needed to attain 3rd grade reading proficiency.
Our Mission
To develop and implement a comprehensive and collaborative system of support which ensures pathways to reading proficiency by the end of 3rd grade for all Lackawana County students.
Our Bold Goal
By 2023, 90 percent of Lackawanna County 3rd graders will be proficient readers as measured by 3rd grade Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) test scores.
Our Core Focus Areas
  • United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties
  • Lackawanna County Office of Youth and Family Services
  • Scranton Lackawanna Human Development Agency (SLHDA), Head Start
  • Scranton Public Library

TCF Coalition Members