First 10 partnerships bring together school districts, elementary schools, early childhood programs, and community agencies to improve the quality and coordination of education and care for young children and their families.

Research demonstrates strong relationships amongst schools, families and community members can positively affect student achievement and outcomes. Increased family engagement in schools is strongly associated with faster rates of literacy acquisition among children, increased rates of going on to secondary education/training and decreased rates of school dropout.

Diana Fasnacht is the director of Ready to Learn at United Way of Adams County.

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