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GOAL:  Children are ready to learn by start of school.


Bob and his wife operate a licensed family child care program in a south Wood County community.  Bob visited a local program that serves child care programs with support, start-up assistance, education, training, consultation and resources. Bob had questions about a contract application that he needed to submit to the state of Wisconsin. He had started working on the application but had questions. Program staff was able to look over the contract with him and identify what he needed to move forward.  Because of the growing need for qualified child care providers, programs such as these are important to assist those who want to provide quality child care, so they don’t experience barriers to fulfilling their important work!


  • 7,326 books were mailed to 640 children in south Wood County through Women United and Dolly Parton Imagination Library in 2019.
  • 20 adults graduated from bornlearning® academies in 2019 & 2020.
  • 47 local childcare providers received assistance to enhance their services improving the quality of care in our community in 2019.

Source:  Women United, Early Years Coalition, UWSWAC Partner Program


  • Children's academic success at ages 9 and 10 can be attributed to the amount of talk they hear from birth through age 3.
  • 80% of brain development occurs by the age of 3.
  • By age one, a child may not be able to say many words but can understand an average of 70 words.

Source:  Hart and Risley Meaningful Differences in the Everyday Experience of Youth American Children, United Way of Portage County Born Learning,