Pre-school boost – $50M, 5-year initiative

Preparing youngsters up to age six for school is the focus of $10 million in grants to 109 United Way affiliates from the Bank of America Foundation.

The grants represent the third installment in the foundation’s plan to invest $50 million over five years in the United Way’s “Success by 6 program, which has enlisted 300 affiliates, up from 175 from 1998.

The most recent round of grants included $546,000 to United Way affiliates in North Carolina, including $65,000 to the United Way of North Carolina; $175,000 each to Triangle United Way and United Way of Central Carolinas; $100,000 to the United Way of Greater High Point; and $31,000 to the United Way of Gaston County.

The United Way of North Carolina also announced it has named Julie Rehder its state director of Success by 6.

Rehder, a consultant on children’s issue, formerly was senior director of national and community partnerships for the North Carolina Child Advocacy Institute.

Priorities for the Success by 6 initiative are promoting school readiness, ensuring healthy families and fostering responsible parenthood.

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