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November 2, 2007

United Way staff member appointed as Co-Chair of the New Haven School Readiness Council

Nov. 2, 2007

Media Contact: Michelle Wade
Cell – 860.834.0128

United Way of Greater New Haven is proud to announce that its own Vice President for Community Leadership, Jennifer McGrady Heath, a resident of Hamden, has recently been appointed as Co-Chair of the New Haven School Readiness Council by Mayor John DeStefano, Jr.

As Vice President for Community Leadership at United Way, Heath is responsible for all the ways United Way works in the community to improve lives and change conditions, including grantmaking, community partnerships, and initiatives such as Success By 6®. Heath was a member of the New Haven School Readiness Council for a year before being selected as Co-Chair.

State legislation requires all towns that receive funding for school readiness programs to have a local council. The New Haven Council currently has 26 members and 2 co-chairs. The council is comprised of a broad group of New Haven residents interested in working with young children and their families. The council acts to raise community awareness around the issue of school readiness and manages the funding that is received from the federal government, United Way of Greater New Haven, and The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven.

As co-chair until August 2010, Heath will be responsible for promoting collaboration between various organizations and encouraging new ideas and strategies to improve early childhood education. Heath will meet with officials, run the Council meetings, and provide direction for the Council, ensuring that time is used effectively. In addition, she will head a task force created by the mayor to strategize a new plan for early childhood education.

About United Way:
United Way brings together the caring power of our community to create measurable, sustainable change and to improve lives. To do this we: help identify our region's greatest needs and best opportunities for change; raise dollars and invest those dollars for results; connect people to their caring through volunteer opportunities.

More information about United Way of Greater New Haven's community leadership and how you can help can be found at www.uwgnh.org.

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