Education

Education

Our Education Goal

By 2020, increase the number of low-income children in our five-county area who are on track academically and developmentally by fourth grade by 30%.

See progress we’ve made together

Opportunity Gap

In our five-county service area, only 61% of low-income children are proficient in reading, compared to 84% of higher-income children. If a child is not reading proficiently by the time they finish third grade, they are four times more likely to not graduate high school on time. If this same child is also low-income, they are 13 times more likely not to graduate high school on time.

Addressing the Issues

United Way invests in comprehensive strategies so all children have skills and opportunities needed to succeed in school, work, and life:

  • Kindergarten Readiness: First, it’s important to help children develop on track and be ready for kindergarten.
  • Tutoring and Mentoring: Then, we help students maintain their progress in school and during the summer.
  • Reading Proficiency: Finally, we work to ensure students are reading at grade level by the end of third grade.

Read more about issues facing our community in our Education reports:

2016 Early Childhood Education Report     2016 Equity & Well-Being Report

United Way addresses six different aspects of a child’s life to ensure that she or he has the supports to be successful:

Building Hope

Youth have relationship supports and positive social-emotional skills to set and achieve their future goals.

Parenting

Parents of young children will demonstrate knowledge and skills to promote their children’s successful development.

Child Development

Screen all children (age 0-5) to ensure they demonstrate appropriate developmental skills and receive supports to succeed.

Basic Program Quality

Access to high quality care/early education and engagement in out-of-school activities.

Improve Literacy

Parents have skills to teach their children how to read, and students have the reading skills to succeed in school.

Supporting Engagement

Youth have support to succeed academically and are proactively engaged in their schoolwork.

Partner Programs

With our local partners, we support the following programs and strategies:

RED Ahead (Read Every Day to Get Ahead)

Helping kids develop on track and be ready for kindergarten.

Youth Achievement AmeriCorps

Helping kids sustain kindergarten progress and catch up in school.

Reading Into Success

A community approach to get students reading on grade level.