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Foster Learning

Everyone deserves access to quality education and the opportunity to reach their full potential.

How We Foster Learning

Early Intervention

Children develop 85% of their intellect, personality and skills by age five. This is why early intervention is critical. United Way funds early screening and diagnosis, as well as speech, language, developmental and other pediatric therapies to get babies and children off to the right start.

Early Literacy

The two most important factors that determine school-age literacy are regular exposure to reading aloud before age five and easy access to children’s books at home. One way United Way is promoting early literacy is through Imagination Library.

Protection & Nurturing

Children who experience abuse and neglect need additional support, such as safety, quality nutrition, and cognitive and emotional support. United Way is committed to helping all children succeed through our partner programs and services that equip families to handle stressful situations and curb child abuse.

Academic Skills

Be it tutoring, homework help or reading partners, many United Way supported agencies provide students with the extra help they need to succeed in school.

Life Skills & Character Development

To be productive adults, young people need more than just a high school diploma. Through United Way youth agencies, teenagers can learn skills such as teamwork, stress management and money management in a supportive environment.

Leadership Skills

Engaging in programs such as scouting, camps, organized sports, dance and drama help youth build leadership skills for the future. That’s why United Way invests in agencies that equip young people to thrive as adults.

When kids are safe, nurtured and ready to learn, they are more likely to graduate and become productive citizens. In 2017, our partner agencies and programs reported:

children were free from abuse and neglect

children were ready to enter kindergarten

children and youth improved their academic performance

Reaching Her Full Potential

With Candice’s drive and determination, United Way supported College Bound helped take her vision from a possibility to a reality.

Read Candice' Story

The Power of Two

Attending United Way-supported United Services for Children allows Addi to learn, grow and thrive alongside typically developing children.

Read Addi's Story

A Home Away From Home

Growing up without a father, Aaron faced several significant personal challenges with behavior and self-esteem. United Way supported Sherwood Forest Camp provided the encouragement, advice and reassurance he lacked in his life. Now, Aaron is giving back to the place that encouraged him to be the person he is today.

Read Aaron's Story

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