Road Map Project Awards Program: Meet the Finalists!

We are thrilled to announce 21 finalists for the first-ever Road Map Project Awards Program! These efforts are working to increase equity and eliminate opportunity gaps for students in South Seattle and South King County. This diverse group of finalists, which are partnerships, programs and initiatives located across the region, stood out among a pool of more than 60 nominations for getting excellent results, using data well for improvement purposes and collaborating to get more powerful results for students.The Road Map Project Awards Program aims to advance equity and eliminate opportunity gaps by recognizing amazing efforts and encouraging the spread of that success across the region. All finalists will be recognized for their great contributions at a March 4 awards ceremony. A panel of 15 judges, comprised of local and national experts, is helping to determine several special recognition awards for overall excellence.

If you are a member of the media and want to be connected to a finalist, please contact Kristin Johnson-Waggoner at

Parent-Child Home Program: “Visiting hard-to-reach families at home to help 2-4 year olds get off to a good start” – United Way of King County and Partners
With the help of many partner organizations, the United Way of King County is helping children prepare for school by providing support where it matters most: in family homes. The Parent-Child Home Program tries to reach isolated, low-income families in our region, and is designed to boost early literacy and school readiness. The program is an evidence-based intervention.Since the United Way took on the program in 2010, the number of families served has expanded annually from 160 to more than 1,000 in 2013. During the twice weekly, half-hour visits, the home visitor brings a carefully selected book or educational toy as a gift to the family and shows the adults how play can help children learn. The home visit success depends on the partnering community-based organizations, whose staff members conduct the home visits, bringing their community-specific cultural and language expertise.

United Way of King County works with an external evaluator to monitor the program’s impact. According to a 2013 evaluation that included pre- and post-test data, parents who participated in the Parent-Child Home Program showed increases in a variety of positive behaviors with their children. The children also demonstrated positive behaviors, including increased pre-literacy skills.

Primary contact: Karen Howell-Clark, – United Way of King County

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