education = the foundation

Kids who are ready for kindergarten are more likely to stay on track and in school. And teens who finish high school are more likely to be employed. When we help kids prepare for school, finish school and pursue higher education, we lay the foundation for a brighter future for us all.

Our Bold Goal in Education


Our Work

Cradle to Kindergarten

It's never too soon to start building the foundation for school success. Through strategies like home visitation and ensuring access to quality early care and education, we help give parents and their children the tools they need to be ready for kindergarten. In addition to a network of child and parent-focused programs at partner agencies, initiatives include:

United Way Success By 6 - the driving force behind kindergarten readiness in our region, helping make high-quality early childhood programs and services available to all.

Every Child Succeeds - intensive, best-practice home visits to first-time, high-risk moms. United Way, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency are lead partners.

Ready Schools - a Success By 6(R)-led effort in Clermont and Brown counties and the Middletown areas reaching children who've had little exposure to formal early childhood education.

Resilient Children Consortiums - bring early childhood and mental health service providers together to focus on social and emotional kindergarten preparedness. The Children's Home of Cincinnati and NorthKey Community Care are lead partners.

Our Results

of children ages 3-5 enrolled in United Way-funded early care and education programs were assessed as being developmentally on track
of children ages 0-3 years participating in Every Child Succeeds home visiting program are developmentally on target
increase in quality-rated early care and education programs in our region between April 2007 and April 2013

Kids on Track to Graduate

Learning doesn't end outside of the classroom. Through strategies that build reading and other skills and provide quality out-of-school activities, United Way is helping parents and schools work together to help kids climb the ladder toward success. In addition to a network of programs funded at local partner agencies, initiatives include:

Read On! - is a campaign working to ensure every child is reading successfully by the end of 3rd grade. The Strive Partnership and the Northern Kentucky Education Council are leading the effort in partnership with United Way.

Community Learning Centers - these community-centered 'hubs' in Cincinnati Public Schools provide academic support and offer additional resources to children, families and neighborhoods through strategic partnerships.

Tutoring - Be The Change in Cincinnati Public Schools and Northern Kentucky One-to-One: Practicing Reading with Students are connecting volunteers with students who need help strengthening reading and/or math skills. United Way is one of multiple community partners in both efforts.

The StrivePartnership and Northern Kentucky Education Council - United Way works in close collaboration with both of these regional efforts around shared issues, goals and results.

Our Results

of students enrolled in United Way-funded academic afterschool programs were promoted to the next grade level
students participated two or more times per week in structured after-school activities at agency partner programs

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