Education

Wes Moore Question: Power of our Choices

"I don‘t want readers to ever forget the high stakes of these stories—and of all of our stories: that life and death, freedom and bondage, hang in the balance of every action we take…this book will use our two lives as a way of thinking about choices and accountability, not just for each of us as individuals but for all of us as a society…our destinies can be determined by a single stumble down the wrong path, or a tentative step down the right one."– Introduction, pg. xiv

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15 Simple Activity Ideas for Kids, Ages 3-5

Keep young kids engaged while they're at home

United Way of Champaign County invests in quality early childhood education programs in our community. We provide tools and resources that teach parents and caregivers facts and best practices for different ages and stages of a young child’s life. From Getting Ready for Kindergarten Calendars to Born Learning Trails and our many early education grants, we provide information that helps ensure all kids get a strong start. 

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COVID-19 Relief Fund helps 8,600 students continue learning

Students from Champaign Unit 4 and Urbana Unit 116 school districts are receiving the home learning supplies they need thanks to a $4,000 grant distribution from the Champaign County COVID-19 Relief Fund and a $1,000 donation from the CU Schools Foundation. 

Loose-leaf paper, composition notebooks, pencils, manual pencil sharpeners, pens, folders, colored pencils, crayons, rulers, glue sticks and note cards are being provided to students to support at-home learning activities.

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Homework is easier when you actually have a home.

Most elementary students are focused on their next spelling test, mastering addition and subtraction, or learning to read.

But some students are focused on something else – where they are going to sleep tonight.

582 Champaign County schoolchildren were homeless at some point during the 2018-19 school year*.

The Williams** family – mom and four school-age children - was one of those families. They became homeless and were living in their car.

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IMPACT - Kindergarten Readiness

United we fight for all kids in our community to reach their full potential.

Kate noticed her son Teddy wasn’t speaking like he should be around his second birthday. With support from her pediatrician she called Developmental Services Center, a United Way partner, and Teddy was enrolled in speech services.

After his third birthday, Teddy was able to enroll in his school district’s Special Education Program. “I just felt a flood of relief and hope that he would be in a program that gave him the boost that he needed to have a good education,” she said.

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