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

Greater Milwaukee Outcomes*

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

  • 83% improved their literacy skills.
  • 83% improved in social/emotional skills.
  • 88% improved in cognitive skills.
  • 83% maintained appropriate behavior or improved behavior.
     

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

  • 97% learned more positive caregiving/parenting skills.
  • 97% improved their relationship with their child(ren) in the area of communication.
  • 98% improved their emotional bond with their children.
  • 96% who were better able to control their anger.
     

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

  • 95% increased their positive interactions with family and friends.
  • 88% experienced a decrease in stress.
  • 97% improved their relationship with their child(ren) in the area of communication.
     

Of the children ages 6-8 who participated in United Way-funded youth development programs:

  • 95% improved on believing that it matters to do well in school.
  • 94% improved on trying their best in school.
     

Of the children ages 9-11 who participated in United Way-funded youth development programs:

  • 91% improved on being on track to go to the next grade level.
  • 92% improved on having goals and plans for the future.

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

  • 81% improved on completing their homework on time.
  • 86% improved on attending school each day (unless they were sick).
  • 93% improved on being on track to graduate from high school.

 

Waukesha County Outcomes*

Of the youth that participated in United Way-funded Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Milwaukee's Mentoring Program:

  • 100% demonstrated improvement in believing it is important to perform well in school.
  • 98% demonstrated improvement in their goals and aspirations leading to advancement in grade level or high school graduation.
     

Of the children that participated in United Way-funded La Casa De Esperanza's Children and Youth program:

  • 96% exhibit age appropriate skills or progress toward age appropriate skills.
     

Of the children that participated in United Way-funded YMCA of Central Waukesha County, Inc.'s Child Care program:

  • 82% displayed progress resulting in improved listening skills and listening without interrupting others.
     

*Due to the recent merger of United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County outcomes for 2013-14 were collected separately. Combined outcomes will be available in late 2016.

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