NEWS RELEASE |  United Way’s Kindergarten Countdown Partners with Parkview’s Ronald McDonald Care Mobile

For Release: Wednesday, July 10, 2019

United Way’s Kindergarten Countdown Partners with
Parkview’s Ronald McDonald Care Mobile

FORT WAYNE, IN (July 10, 2019) – United Way of Allen County kicks off its seventh year of Kindergarten Countdown this week with Fort Wayne Community Schools and East Allen County Schools. Kindergarten Countdown, a four-week program aimed at helping kids prepare for school in the fall, will be partnering with Parkview’s Ronald McDonald Care Mobile to offer its services at multiple locations this summer. This service will be available to the public on multiple dates to serve children 0-18 years old with care such as: immunizations, screenings, wellness visits, and more. This is offered at no charge to families without medical insurance, but all other insurances are accepted.

Please schedule an appointment at one of the following locations by calling this number: 1-877-774-8632.

Haley | July 10 @ 8:00-4:00 | 2201 Maplecrest Rd. Fort Wayne, IN 46815
Indian Village | July 22 @ 8:00-4:00 | 3835 Wenonah Ln. Fort Wayne, IN 46809
Price | July 31@ 8:00-4:00 | 1901 W State Blvd. Fort Wayne, IN 46808
Southwick | Aug. 1@ 8:00-4:00 | 6500 Wayne Trace Fort Wayne, IN 46816

“We are pleased to not only continue this initiative again this year, but to have great partners that will offer our next generation leaders’ activities to participate in, community resources to use, and encourage them to start healthy habits early as part of this year’s Kindergarten Countdown program,” said David Nicole, President and CEO of United Way of Allen County. “Kindergarten Countdown is just one of the many Childhood Success efforts United Way supports to help prepare children for success in school and it continues to prove to be effective.”

East Allen County Schools has two Kindergarten Countdown classrooms at Southwick Elementary and Fort Wayne Community Schools has classrooms at Indian Village Elementary (2), Haley Elementary, Maplewood Elementary, Price Elementary, and Waynedale Elementary. At-risk students – those with little or no early-childhood learning experience or who are limited English speakers – were identified by the schools during kindergarten orientation in April and invited to participate in the program at no cost to the families. Free breakfast and lunch are provided through the summer food program to all the students as well. The program runs July 8 – August 2.

Kindergarten Countdown focuses on skills such as literacy and language development and uses a very hands-on, exploratory approach to learning. It’s also an opportunity for social-emotional adjustment and ensuring children who have never been in a classroom setting are prepared to jump in and learn in August when school officially begins.

This year, United Way will hold a press conference at Haley Elementary, 2201 Maplecrest Rd. on Wednesday, July 10 at the beginning of the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile’s arrival. The conference will begin at 10:30 a.m. The media is invited to ask questions and take photos at the event.

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