Children's Initiatives is a leading advocate for all children, families, and caregivers in our community. Children's Initiatives is committed to education, advocacy, and public policy that raises awareness about the critical importance of high quality early child care and education, and to help ensure resources are available in the community to give all children the opportunities they need to be successful. The Children’s Initiatives Committee welcomes new members, volunteers and advocates of the needs of children and young families. For more information call 336.899.0873 or look at our brochure.
Success by 6
Success by 6 helps ensure that all children in the Greater High Point enter school mentally, physically, emotionally, and socially ready to learn. Key strategies for Success By 6 ®, include raising awareness about early brain research, early childhood development, the importance of high quality childcare, improving access to critical health and human services, and advocating for public policy that supports all children.
Everyday life is a learning experience for children! Born Learning is a wonderful public engagement campaign that helps parents, grandparents, and caregivers explore ways to turn everyday moments -- like folding laundry or going to the grocery store -- into fun learning opportunities. For more information on Born Learning, please visit www.bornlearning.org.
Early Care and Education Scholarships
United Way dollars support high quality early care scholarships. Thanks to the leadership of United Way Children's Initiatives, eligible parents with children ages birth to 3 who receive these scholarships have the option to choose any 4 or 5 star child care facility in the Greater High Point area. Donors can designate funds to Children’s Initiatives for these scholarships.
Children Do Come with Directions
Have you ever wished the children in your life had come with an instruction manual? Good news: we can offer you one! Children Do Come with Directions is available in English and Spanish, offering a wealth of valuable information and resources for children ages birth to 5. This guide is also available in English for parents of children 5-12.
Strengthening Families United
Entire communities play an important role in helping families find the strength and resources they need to raise safe, healthy, and productive children. The following protective factors have been linked to healthy children and lower incidence of child abuse and neglect:
- Nurturing and attachment. When parents and children have strong, warm feelings for one another, children develop trust that parents will provide what they need to thrive.
- Knowledge of parenting and of child and youth development. Parents who understand how children grow and develop can provide an environment where children can live up to their potential.
- Parental resilience. Parents who are emotionally resilient have a positive attitude, creatively problem solve, effectively address challenges, and are less likely to direct anger and frustration at their children.
- Social connections. Trusted and caring family friends provide emotional support to parents by offering encouragement and assistance in facing the daily challenges of raising a family.
- Concrete supports for parents. Parents need basic resources such as food, clothing, housing, transportation, and access to essential services that address family-specific needs (such as child care, health care, and mental health services) to ensure the health and well-being of their children.
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Little free libraries
United Way of Greater High Point Children’s Initiatives is thrilled to be growing Little Free Library (LFL) sites in our community with the ongoing generous support of The Wells Fargo Foundation, Thomas Built Buses, High Point Enterprise and Publix. We currently sponsor 16 LFL local sites.
Little Free Library is a free book exchange program as community members can “take a book, return a book or bring a book to share”. New and gently used books for children - birth through 6th grade - can be dropped off at the UWGHP office, 815 Phillips Drive during the week or by placing books in the mail drop at the front of the building. We appreciate the communities support of this vital resource.
Little Free Library Site Locations:
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater High Point at Ward Street
1619 W Ward Avenue
Burns Hill Neighborhood
1208 RC Baldwin Avenue
Carl Chavis YMCA
2757 Granville Street
Community Neighborhood Development Division
201 Fourth Street
GCD High Point Family Opportunity Center
2039 Brentwood Street
High Point Housing Authority
501 Anaheim Street
High Point Police Department
1009 Leonard Avenue
Highland Mills Neighborhood
Highland Mills Methodist Church
1015 Mill Avenue
Macedonia Neighborhood Association
Macedonia Resource Center
401 Lake Avenue
Oakview Citizen’s Council
Oakview Recreation Center
503 James Road
Pershing Street Community Watch
Full Gospel Miracle Ministry
1107 Lake Avenue
The Salvation Army
301 W Green Drive
Triad Adult and Pediatric Medicine at Commerce Avenue
400 E. Commerce Avenue
United Way of Greater High Point
815 Phillips Avenue
YWCA High Point
155 W Westwood Avenue
GUILFORD COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA
Welcome to the UWGHP hub for Sesame Street in Communities (SSIC) for Guilford County!
Guilford County had the honor of being one of the first three pilot communities for Sesame Street in Communities, and our local partnership remains committed to sharing these great resources with families and professionals in our community.
Sesame Street in Communities offers hundreds of bilingual multi-media tools to help kids and families enrich and expand their knowledge during the early years of birth through six. These resources engage kids and adults in everyday moments and daily routines—from teaching early math and literacy concepts, to encouraging families to eat nutritious foods, to serious topics such as divorce and food insecurity.
How can we help you today? Click here to go to the SSIC Website.
United Way of Greater High Point's Children's Initiatives is a proud partner with Guilford Basics.