United Way works to end America’s education crisis
Education is the cornerstone of individual and community success. But with more than 1.2 million children dropping out each year, America faces an education crisis. The cost? More than $312 billion in lost wages, taxes, and productivity over their lifetimes.1 These trends are reversible, but only when communities and public, private and nonprofit sectors work together.
In 2008, United Way launched a 10-year initiative to cut the number of high school dropouts in half by 2018. It’s an ambitious goal, but by utilizing our core strengths — a national network, committed partners and public engagement capacity — we can achieve it.
We can’t focus on high school alone. High school dropouts are 12 years in the making, usually starting early childhood education behind schedule. United Way's model focuses on supportive communities, effective schools, and strong families — strategies and approaches rooted in research. Tackling the education challenge requires reframing education on a birth to 21 continuum.
How You Can Help
To reach our goal, we need your help. The strategies proven to work are those that connect communities to their schools: parent involvement; literacy volunteers in the classroom; mentors for disadvantaged students; business leaders engaged in early childhood advocacy. Volunteer to help.
Grant Funded Programs
The Salina Area United Way is excited to work with each of these collaborations over the next two years. Read below a brief description of each one, as submitted to us by the collaborations themselves.
Good Beginnings Early Education Collaborative Collaboration Fiscal Agent/Sponsor: Salina Child Care Association
Programs provide research-based, quality, affordable, developmentally appropriate early childhood education in a full day, full year child care setting, giving all [enrolled] young children the skills they need to be successful upon entering kindergarten.
Hispanic Mentoring Program Collaboration Fiscal Agent/Sponsor: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Salina
Hispanic Mentoring Program allows minority groups in Salina, specifically Spanish speaking families, to have access to the same quality programs that English speaking families have enjoyed for the past 50 years. A translator will be provided for communications with families, along with creating program materials and information in Spanish, creating a more inclusive program base that can serve that whole community.
Saline County School Readiness Project Collaboration Fiscal Agent/Sponsor: Child Advocacy & Parenting Services, Inc.
This project will educate parents, childcare providers and preschool teachers with research-based approaches to help children develop strong social and emotional skills. Both parent and child outcomes will be improved through the support of an Early Childhood Consultant through Universal Access Parenting Classes and the Incredible Years – Parents and Babies Series Classes.