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September 26, 2014

Scaling what works to achieve Bold Goals

Scaling what works to Achieve Bold Goals

In 2010, our community set six audacious goals for our region to achieve by 2020. These Bold Goals for Our Region in education, income and health represent our collective vision for a stronger, more prosperous region.

We have made important, yet incremental, progress toward achieving these goals.

Now the challenge is to accelerate the pace of change and move from incremental progress to transformational result.

Accelerating Readiness and Opportunity

The gains that have been made so far can be attributed to the leadership of United Way Success By 6 (SB6), Partners for a Competitive Workforce (PCW) and their partner organizations.

Beginning this year, United Way hopes to raise $2 million that will scale the proven, evidence-based strategies that SB6 and PCW oversee:

  • Home Visitation: Home visitation programs coach parents on how they can best support their child’s critical early development.

    Expanding Every Child Succeeds home visitation for first-time mothers with children age 0-3 to serve 180 more families through the region will eliminated the current wait list for children entering kindergarten in 2020.

  • Quality Childcare: Children who attend quality center-based childcare tend to show up to kindergarten better prepared. Over the last seven years, we have more than tripled the number of quality centers in our region, yet there is still not enough capacity in quality centers to serve every family in our region.

    We will invest Accelerator funds in expanding coaching and leadership development programs through 4C to help 22 childcare centers achieve high-quality ratings, reaching 2,449 children in Ohio and Kentucky.

  • Providing Growth Capital to Proven Strategies: Students who are not reading on grade-level by the end of third grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school.

    Read On! Ventures will scale effective strategies that address kindergarten readiness and third-grade reading proficiency to make them more widely available in our community.

  • Job Training: Job training programs are most effective in putting people back to work when they align with the needs of employers in industries with available jobs. The Accelerator Fund will invest in a variety of proven, targeted job training programs to put an additional 360 people back to work, increasing annual earnings by up to $2.7 million.

Early support from local companies has already raised $850,000 and reinforces that these strategies work.

Companies that have donated to United Way Accelerator Fund

AK Steel

GE Aviation


UC Health

Fifth Third Bank

Drees Homes

Duke Energy

Farmer Family Foundation

University of Cincinnati

Thomas J. Emery Memorial Trust

PNC Bank

Towne Properties

Ohio National Bank