Education

Education is the cornerstone of individual and community success. Strong, productive communities are dependent upon a skilled workforce that can compete in a global economy. It is critical to reach children early—even before they start school. Once a young person falls behind it can be very difficult to catch up.

Parents who have support from early on can build great futures for their children. United Way is working with schools, parents, and organizations to ensure that every child has a chance for success in school, work, and life by investing in programs that produce results.

United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County focuses on supportive communities, effective schools, and strong families. Tackling the education challenge requires reframing education on a cradle-to-career continuum.

In 2016-17, United Way will invest in 48 Education programs.

 

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 Our Goals

Provide funding to increase the number of children who:

  • Enter school ready to succeed
  • Read proficiently by third grade
  • Are on track to be promoted to the next grade level
  • Display improved cognitive, social and/or physical skills
  • Graduate from high school on time
  • Are prepared for success in college, work and life
 Investment Areas
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Support for Children & Families
  • Youth Development
 Current Impact

Of the children who participated in United Way-funded early childhood education programs:

  • 86% displayed developmental improvement in motor skills
  • 81% displayed developmental improvement in literacy skills
  • 82% cooperated with other children

Of the parents/caregivers who participated in United Way-funded early childhood education programs:

  • 90% learned positive ways to deal with stress
  • 92% had improved overall health
  • 91% had decreased stress levels 
  • 96% learned more positive caregiving/parenting skills
  • 97% improved their emotional/bonding relationship with their child(ren)
  • 98% were better able to control their anger

Of the children who participated in United Way-funded support for children and families programs:

  • 85% cooperated with other children
  • 85% maintained appropriate behavior or improved their behavior
  • 87% displayed developmental improvement in social/emotional skills
  • 92% displayed developmental improvement in motor skills
  • 84% displayed developmental improvement in literacy skills

Of the parents/caregivers who participated in United Way-funded support for children and families programs:

  • 90% learned positive ways to deal with stress
  • 85% decreased their stress
  • 96% learned more positive caregiving/parenting skills
  • 98% used the skills they learned from the program
  • 96% were able to control their anger

Of the children ages 6-11 who participated in United Way-funded youth development programs:

  • 91% have goals and plans for the future
  • 95% have plans for the next year
  • 96% tried their best in school
  • 87% finished their homework on time
  • 89% went to school each day (unless they were sick)

Of the children ages 12 and older who participated in United Way-funded youth development programs:

  • 88% believed they could make a difference in their community
  • 81% volunteered in their community
  • 86% were able to resist pressure from other who try to get them to do things they don’t want to do
  • 82% knew how to refuse someone they liked if asked to have sex
  • 88% spend time with friends who did not use alcohol or other drugs

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