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What is #75in5?

The United Way and community leaders have set a community-wide goal aiming to raise the percentage of Howard County Kindergartners' readiness levels from 45% currently to 75% in 5 years (2022). Our community has noticed that our children are not starting school ready to learn and instead lack key cognitive, social, emotional and language skills that are vital for further brain development.

90% of brain development happens within the first 5 years of a child's life. These first few years are a time of enormous social, emotional, physical and intellectual growth. Children who are prepared for Kindergarten are less likely to be held back or drop out of school and have a better chance to succeed in college (post-secondary schools), work and life.

Who Else Is Involved?

We have formed an Early Learning Coalition made up of over 80 community volunteers. They're working in 5 separate groups to bring the community a uniform assessment for all Kindergartners across the county public policy, mobilizing the community, establishing quality Early Learning Centers for your children and engaging families to make this #75in5 goal a reality.

How Do I Get Involved?

Are you a parent?
Download our Kindergarten readiness checklist and help your child develop the needed skills before they start school: 75in5 Checklist

Donate to the United Way Campaign and help our programs as well as our funded agencies programs to provide pathways for our children and their families.

The following businesses/organizations have adopted the #75in5 goal as their own:

AFL-CIO Howard-Tipton Chapter
Bona Vista Programs, Inc.
Busy Bee's Daycare Center & Preschool 
City of Kokomo 
Comfort Home Health
Community Foundation
Community Howard Regional Health
Family Service Association
Freedom Financial
Greater Kokomo Economic Development Alliance
Howard County Government
IBEW Local 873
Indiana University Kokomo
Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo
Kokomo-Howard County Public Library
Kokomo Firefighters Local 396
Kokomo School Corporation
Meadows Medical Center
Mental Health America
Microchips Early Learning Center
Mo Joe Coffee House
Moore Title & Escrow, Inc. 
Northwestern School Corporation
Samaritan Caregivers
Sonbeam Child Care
Taylor Community School Corporations
UAW Howard County CAP
UAW Local 292
UAW Local 685
UAW Local 1166
UAW Local 1302
USW 2958
Wyman Group

Are you ready to commit as well? We need all citizens, organizations, businesses, corporations, etc. who live and work in Howard County to stride with us if we want to reach our goal! 

Let's help get the children of Howard County Ready for Kindergarten. And Beyond!

Call United Way at 765-457-HELP(4357) to find out more on the #75in5 initiative.