United Way of Greater Greensboro’s Thriving at 3 Early Childhood Initiative operates under a very simple premise:

“Children who are healthy physically and emotionally by age three are more likely to be successful in school and in life.”

Through community-based programming, United Way’s initiative, Thriving at 3, promotes the benefits early learning with a focus on healthy child development and early literacy. Supporting parents in their role as their child’s first and most important teacher can have lasting effect on school readiness and later school achievement.

Direct Services, offered by the Center for New North Carolinians, use evidence-based curricula and best practice approaches to serve families in their homes and in community settings, for group activities and learning experiences. Key components of this programming include developmental screenings; parenting education; and case management. 

Early Literacy

United Way of Greater Greensboro (UWGG) is a licensed partner of the National Raising A Reader family engagement and literacy program that has helped more than 1.2 million children and families successfully build, practice, and sustain literacy routines vital to academic success, especially children in poverty. UWGG Raising a Reader partner sites include:

  • Archer Elementary School
  • Foust Elementary School
  • Kids R Kids #1 Childcare Center
  • Wiley Elementary School
  • Hunter Elementary School
  • Center for New North Carolinians Thriving at 3

For more information about Thriving at 3, volunteering and other ways to get involved, contact Carie Jones-Barrow, Senior Director Strategic Partnerships at 336-378-6613 or
MaryCatherine Bero, Early Literacy Coordinator at (336) 378-5032 or