Education plays a major role in individual success and provides a foundation for a community to grow in a positive direction. Earning a high school diploma is an essential step, yet far too many youth are dropping out. The path to graduation begins early in a child’s life. In fact, students who do not read proficiently by third grade are four times more likely not to graduate high school.
United Way identified disparities in school readiness and achievement as a priority issue and convened an expert community task force to help create potential strategies to address this problem. You can see their findings by reading the full or summary reports from this task force:
To address these issues, United Way of the Capital Region has partnered with the community to launch a school readiness pilot project to move the needle on education disparities in our region. The project employs early education liaisons to tailor approaches to help prepare children for kindergarten.
Learn more about the School Readiness Pilot Project.
You can also learn more about our current and future work in the areas of health, education, income and basic needs by viewing our United for Change piece.