Education

Education is the cornerstone of individual and community success. Strong, productive communities depend upon a skilled workforce that can compete in a global economy. This work can’t just happen during high school. It is crucial to reach kids early—even before they start school. Once a child falls behind, it can be difficult to catch up. If a child isn’t reading at grade level by 3rd grade—they may never catch up. United Way works to ensure that all kids are equipped with success from birth through career.

EDUCATION GOALS

  • Children enter kindergarten developmentally ready to learn and succeed
  • Students read at grade level through high school completion
  • Students have responsible and caring adults who support their education and lives
  • Students complete high school ready to transition to career

LOCAL IMPACT

A mother of eight was thrilled that the quality of their home life has greatly improved because her boys have a fun, safe place to go during the summer and after school. It not only reduced her stress, but it also reduced the financial burden of having to locate and pay someone to provide after-school supervision. Her boys have built confidence, and the after-school and summer programs have given them a strong sense of belonging. Being new to the area, her boys were able to make friends before the school year even started—making the transition that much easier for the entire family.

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