Preparing Young Children For Life - United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County
Preparing Young Children For Life
Our Ready Children Impact Council ensures all children grow up in safe, stable and nurturing environments, are healthy in mind, body and spirit and are curious learners progressing towards their full potential.

The Challenges We Face

Poverty, lack of access to prenatal care, quality childcare, domestic violence, and substance abuse impairs our families’ abilities to nurture, protect and prepare their children for school and life.

  • 4,550

    children were confirmed victims of abuse/neglect in 2016
  • 11 %

    of the babies in Bexar County are born prematurely
  • 23.4 %

    of the children in Bexar County are food insecure
  • 24 %

    of children in San Antonio are considered “very ready” for kindergarten

Our Work in Action


Growing up in a safe, stable and nurturing environment has long-term profound effects on a child’s well-being and development. We’re working to provide access to respite care services, parent and caregiver knowledge, and prevention and intervention information to make all the difference in our children’s lives.


All children deserve to enter the world healthy in mind, body and spirit. We’re helping mothers access prenatal care, transportation, insurance enrollment, mental health and other supports for basic needs.


All children are curious learners and increasing the availability and quality of early childhood education gets them on the right path right from the start. We’re working to increase the number of quality childcare enrollment opportunities for children ages 0 to 3, supporting childcare centers as they progress toward accreditation, and provide professional development for education directors and teachers.


Performance in kindergarten informs much of their future performance in elementary school and beyond. United Way’s ReadyKidSA Coalition serves children prenatal to 8 years old and is a blueprint for helping families prepare their children for Kindergarten and life. “Kinder Camps” help pre-Kinder children develop confidence when taking the first steps toward reading, writing, developing social-emotional skills, being mindful of themselves and others, and making new friends.

Our Ready Children Impact Partners

  • Autism Community Network Full
  • AVANCE – San Antonio
  • Bexar County Community Health Collaborative
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Texas
  • Blessed Sacrament Academy
  • Brighton Center
  • ChildSafe
  • Endeavors
  • Family Service Association of San Antonio
  • Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas
  • Good Samaritan Community Services
  • Healy-Murphy Center
  • Madonna Neighborhood Center
  • Respite Care of San Antonio
  • Roy Maas’ Youth Alternatives
  • St. Paul Lutheran Child Development Center
  • St. Peter - St. Joseph Children’s Home
  • YMCA of Greater San Antonio
  • Young Women’s Christian Association

Our Impact

  • 1,267

    children 0-8 are at lower risk to experience child abuse as a result of receiving appropriate care
  • 1,664

    children 0-5 are enrolled in quality early childcare slots
  • 1,069

    children 0-5 are meeting appropriate-age development milestones

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