Faces of Success: Darcy
Imagine showing up for your first day at a new job in an unfamiliar country where you do not speak the language. Imagine the stress, fear and frustration you might experience trying to navigate this new environment. Now imagine that you’re only 3 years old.
This is what the first day of preschool felt like for Darcy. This was her first time in a group childcare setting. She was alone in a new place with caregivers she did not know. Due to several developmental delays, she was unable to speak or communicate her needs, and her motor skills were far less developed than her classmates.
Luckily for Darcy, her story has a happy ending. Through the support of Fannie Battle Day Home for Children and United Way’s Read to Succeed program, Darcy has made tremendous progress and is now a happy preschooler quickly gaining the literacy and social-emotional skills she will need to succeed at Fannie Battle and beyond.
“Over the past several months, our staff has worked consistently with Darcy to help her achieve new skills and milestones,” says Darcy’s teacher. She can now spell her name aloud and name all of her colors. Darcy has become a better verbalizer overall and is able to express her needs and wants, and has greatly improved her fine motor skills – an important step toward writing.
“Darcy has gone from eating with her hands to now being able to use and control utensils. She is also able to sit and complete a puzzle all by herself.”
Research indicates that children who have not developed basic literacy skills by the time they enter school are 3-4 times more likely to drop out in later years. United Way’s early literacy program, Read to Succeed, works with at-risk pre-K students to gain the basic reading readiness skills necessary to prepare them for educational success.
Luckily for Darcy, she is in a caring, supportive environment, and loves coming to her new school each day. United Way and our community partners are fighting to give kids like Darcy the support and tools they need to grow and succeed in school. Because of you, we’re building future scholars, instead of drop-outs.
Join the fight. Because, United We Win.