Success by 6 gives kids, parents peace about starting school


Fifteen Canfield preschoolers are getting a kick-start for kindergarten this summer through the United Way’s Success By 6 program.

Like scores of other preschoolers in 42 Success By 6 units in 18 school districts in Mahoning and Trumbull counties, the Canfield kids are getting to know some of their classmates and teachers they will see when the regular school year begins this fall.

Participation in Success By 6, traditionally four weeks for four hours a day, four days a week, is designed to improve language, social/emotional development, cognitive thinking, physical skills and overall knowledge, said Kathy Mock, director of education and initiatives for the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley. Canfield’s program is for three weeks, five days a week for four hours.

Success By 6 is meant not only to build academic skills and social skills, but also to take some of the mystery and fear out of going to school for the first time for children and parents, said Robert Hannon, the area United Way’s chief executive officer.

In Canfield, the Success By 6 teachers — Meaghan Manning and Cara Diana — as in most of the units, are the same teachers the students will see when they go to school this fall.

Read more about the program in Wednesday's Vindicator or on

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