United Way works to increase the percentage of children that are ‘kindergarten ready’ and increase the percentage of high school graduates who are college and/or career ready.

Education is the cornerstone of individual and community success. Based on Community Conversations, Expert Round Tables, Focus groups, Data Sets, etc. our communities have decided to strive to reach the goals listed above. Change does not happen because of the actions for one organization or one program. Change happens wen we work toward Collective Impact. Collective Impact is working together while focusing on specific goals, measurements, and outcomes to create real and lasting change.

EDUCATION Goal: Children enter school ready to learn and succeed. Measurement Tool: Kindergarten Readiness Scores Population Indicator: Increase in the percentage of children that are “kindergarten ready” PRIORITIES

  1. Increase access to affordable, quality preschool.
  2. Increase parents understanding, confidence and skills in helping children prepare for school.
  3. Increase public awareness and support for investing in early childhood education.


  • Offer Parent-to-Parent Mentoring
  • Provide early childhood programming that prepares children to succeed in school and life
  • Increase parent engagement in and understanding of early childhood development
  • Extend parenting education to workplace, healthcare providers, neighborhoods, churches, schools
  • Ensure children are healthy and safe

Goal: Youth complete high school ready for college, career and/or life Measurement Tool: College Career Readiness Scores Population Indicator: Increase the percentage of high school graduates who are college and/or career ready PRIORITIES

  1. Ensure all children are on grade level in reading and math by third grade.
  2. Connect students with the support and skills they need to succeed in school.
  3. Equip parents and supportive adults to help children be ready for and succeed in school.


  • Provide after school programming that develops life skills, including but not limited to solving, coping, self-care and communications skills
  • Provide youth with knowledge and skills required in the workplace
  • Increase parent and youth engagement in and understanding of college and career readiness
  • Increase youth access to a caring adult role model
  • Extend Parenting education (mentors, workshops, classes) to workplace, neighborhoods, churches, schools
  • Ensure youth are healthy and safe

How You Can Help

To reach our goal, we need your help. The strategies proven to work are those that connect communities to their schools: parent involvement; literacy volunteers in the classroom; mentors for disadvantaged students; business leaders engaged in early childhood advocacy. Volunteer to help.