Early Childhood and Youth Success

Everyone deserves access to quality education and the opportunity to reach their potential. We provide access to education programs, development opportunities and safe spaces where children and adults can succeed in school and beyond.
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What We’re Facing

over 50%

of students aren't proficient in third-grade English

Less than 1/2

of Missouri and Illinois students scored at or above grade level in math and reading

over 45%

of United Way 2-1-1 education requests are for school supplies

Addressing the Need

Child Welfare

Trauma impacts how a child’s brain develops, which puts them at a higher risk for dangerous behaviors later in life, including self-harm, alcohol and substance abuse, involvement with the juvenile justice system and others. Children who experience trauma need additional support, such as safety, quality nutrition, and cognitive and emotional resources.

Early Childhood Education

More than 1 in 3 American children start kindergarten without the language skills they need to learn to read and academic success depends heavily on a child’s kindergarten readiness. Resources like high-quality, low-cost child care support children’s growth and a family’s well-being.

K-12 Education and Out-of-School Time

Having programs that serve struggling students sets up children and youth for continued success. Youth who meet regularly with a mentor are 52% less likely to skip a day of school than their peers without a mentor. United Way has seen firsthand the difference these programs make.

Post-Secondary Education

Post-secondary education opens opportunities for new skills, more job opportunities and increased income. In fact, bachelor’s degrees can earn an average of $20-30K more annually than those with a high school diploma. Continued education and training support learning new skills needed for jobs to help a person excel.

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