Education

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 works with schools, parents, and partners to ensure that every child is equipped 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.

More youth are succeeding in school: Last year, 79,315 children or their parents/caregivers received support for early childhood education, youth development, and services for children and families.

In 2019-20, United Way will invest in 90 education programs, including community-wide initiatives.

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 Early Childhood Education

United Way is increasing the number of children who enter school ready to succeed. To do this, we invest in programs that provide quality early childcare, help children meet developmental milestones, increase positive parenting skills for parents and caregivers.

Our Impact

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

  • 93% displayed developmental improvement in motor skills
  • 84% displayed developmental improvement in literacy skills
  • 87% cooperated with other children

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

  • 93% learned positive ways to deal with stress
  • 91% had improved overall health
  • 89% had decreased stress levels
  • 98% learned more positive caregiving/parenting skills
  • 98% improved their emotional/bonding relationship with their child(ren)
  • 96% were better able to control their anger

Initiatives We Lead

Milwaukee Succeeds-Kindergarten Readiness Partnership - Helps children reach their highest level of school readiness before they start kindergarten through increased quality early childhood education, quality child care, developmental screening and early childhood immunizations.

Community Coalitions, Collaborations, & Partnerships

 Strengthening Families

United Way is supporting success within the family unit and improving cognitive, social, and or physical skills among children. To do this, we invest in programs that provide support to parents/caregivers, prevent family violence, and improve behavior among children.

Our Impact

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

  • 84% cooperated with other children
  • 87% maintained appropriate behavior or improved their behavior
  • 87% displayed developmental improvement in social/emotional skills
  • 91% displayed developmental improvement in motor skills
  • 87% displayed developmental improvement in literacy skills

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

  • 93% learned positive ways to deal with stress
  • 89% decreased their stress
  • 98% learned more positive caregiving/parenting skills
  • 98% used the skills they learned from the program
  • 96% were able to control their anger

Initiatives We Lead

Build My Bookshelf - Waukesha Improves literacy by helping children in high-need Waukesha County schools build their home libraries.

Emerging Readers - Gives the gift of reading to local kids who are matched with United Way Emerging Leaders families who provide age appropriate reading materials four times a year.

My Very Own Library - Builds strong readers by providing free books and family engagement activities at 14 Milwaukee Public Schools.

READS for Summer Learning - Preserves and grows student reading skills over the summer, when children can lose two to three months of reading skills progress.

Community Coalitions, Collaborations, & Partnerships

 Youth Development

United Way is increasing the number of children who: read proficiently by third grade, are on track to advance to the next grade level, develop resistance skills, increase school engagement, have goals and aspirations, graduate high school on time, and are prepared for success in college, work, and life.

Our Impact

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

  • 92% have goals and plans for the future
  • 88% have plans for the next year
  • 96% tried their best in school
  • 88% finished their homework on time
  • 91% 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:

  • 89% believed they could make a difference in their community
  • 84% volunteered in their community
  • 87% were able to resist pressure from other who try to get them to do things they don’t want to do
  • 84% knew how to refuse someone they liked if asked to have sex
  • 89% spend time with friends who did not use alcohol or other drugs

Initiatives We Lead

Helping Kids Succeed - Waukesha Supports educators, increases student achievement, and enhances family stability and empowerment in the School District of Waukesha's highest-need schools.

Milwaukee Community Schools Partnership - Transforms schools and communities to collectively ensure student success.

Vello Virtual Reading Tutors - Increases reading skills for children falling behind their peers through the use of virtual volunteerism.

Community Coalitions, Collaborations, & Partnerships

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© 2019 United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County is a 501(C)(3) Nonprofit registered in the US under EIN: 39-0806190.
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