United Way works to help every child succeed in school and life.
Teachers estimate that over 30% and in some cases up to 50% of children are not ready when they arrive at their first day of kindergarten. Only four school districts out of 14 in Champaign County met the No Child Left Behind guideline for 3rd grade reading. Up to third grade children are learning to read. From third grade on they are reading to learn. According to the most recent data, this county is the most educated in the state of Illinois. And yet, almost 62% attending the local community college for the first time enroll in remedial reading, writing or math courses.
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.
Building Block Goal
Children and youth develop to their full potential and are equipped to become positive, contributing members of the community.
Children enter Kindergarten developmentally on track.
Increase high school graduation rates
How United Way is Helping
United Way of Champaign County is a partner at the table during community discussions on education. Through our office, we focus significant resources on Kindergarten readiness. We are also providing Community Impact Fund grants totaling $455,104.70 to 10 education-focused programs in fiscal years 2017 and 2018.