A good life begins with a good education. We believe that every child should have access to a quality education and we focus our efforts on three stages that are key to a successful education.
A quality early education that leads to school readiness
Research proves children who enter kindergarten ready to learn are more likely to graduate and become productive adults. While 85% of the core structure of the brain develops in the first three years of life, only 5% of public investments in children occur during these early years with more than 30 percent of all kindergarteners entering school already behind. River Valley Unite Way is committed to changing that statistic.
Every day, an estimated 7,000 students across the nation drop out of school. Dropouts are more likely to be unemployed, in poor health, living in poverty and on public assistance. United Way is working to reverse that trend by investing in programs that provide support services for students.
Productive and engaged youth
When youth engage in positive activities, they are more likely to avoid gangs, become self-sufficient, develop employment skills and finish school. Studies show that many youth get into trouble between the hours of 3 – 7 pm, when one in four teens remain unsupervised. United Way funds programs that have provided boys and girls with afterschool activities, mentoring, and social and life skills workshops.