The United Way of the Valley and Greater Utica Area hosted a Kindergarten Transition Summit at SUNY Poly in Marcy on Friday

200 individuals from Oneida, Herkimer and Madison Counties with backgrounds in early education and working with youth attended the summit.

Participants had the chance to evaluate and update their current kindergarten transition plans or create a new plan.

“This summit brings more than just one entity to the table. It’s not just the responsibility of the school or just the community to make sure our children succeed, it’s bringing the whole community to work together to better prepare local children for kindergarten” said Robin Robinson, United Way’s Director of Initiatives and Grants.

The United Way will offer each school or organization that creates a plan the chance to apply for funding that can be used to implement part of their proposal.