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United Way unveils plan to close racial achievement gap

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The United Way of Dane County unveils a plan aimed at closing the racial achievement gap in area schools.

Officials say the "Born Learning Mobilization Plan" will be implemented in 13 Dane County neighborhoods.
   
It aims to ensure parents are informed and supported in how to be their child's first teacher, and will offer community support practitioners in hopes that children will begin school with the skills they need to succeed.

Dane County Executive Joe Parisi says, "A comprehensive approach that involves the whole family encouraging education, employment, stable housing and meaningful interaction between family members especially between parents and children is the most effective way to make a difference."

Community officials say the goal is to ensure 80% of four-year olds will be at age-expected development and ready to begin school by 2020.


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