The United Way is proud to lead this newly formed coalition of community agencies centered on the core educational focus areas of school readiness; 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 improve 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. The TCF initiative launched with a carnival at McNichols Plaza Elementary in June. However, our partners have already begun creating public awareness around these key issues. Dr. Steven Scheinman, president and dean of Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine and Kelly Scheinman, health care consultant and United Way board member, authored several columns and op-eds in the Scranton Times-Tribune to encourage growing healthy readers. Dr. Scheinman also used the weekly “Wisdom of Wellbeing” 60-second health vignette on WNEP to highlight the life-long importance of grade level reading as he noted, “One of the healthiest things you can do for your young child is to read a book to them and encourage them to make reading a life-long habit.”
Transforming Children's Futures Coalition Members
- United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties
- Commission on Economic Opportunity (CEO)/Weinberg Regional Food Bank
- Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine
Lackawanna County Library System, Children’s Library
Lackawanna County Office of Youth and Family Services, STARS Truancy Program
Scranton Lackawanna Human Development Agency (SLHDA), Head Start
Scranton Primary Health Care Center
Scranton School District