Investment in Education


Every donation to United Way makes a difference in your local community. With your support, United Way is able to help children achieve their potential, empower families to become financially stable, and improve people’s health.

You helped low-income children be prepared for kindergarten

  • 593 children received quality childcare & preschool
  • 717 parents took parent-education classes
  • 280 home providers, classrooms & teachers received additional training

You helped low-income youth develop 21st century skills

  • 1,180 youth participated in after-school programs
  • 309 youth received education supports
  • 1,974 youth participated in leadership programs

*Above information collected from fiscal year 2011.

A look at early childhood

50% of low income kindergarteners are not proficient in early literacy skills. – Iowa Dept. of Education: Basic Educational Data Survey, Address and Enrollment Files, 2009

Beginning at birth, United Way funds classes, programs and literature to help parents gain confidence and skills that nurture relationships and build developmentally appropriate skills for their children.

Programs such as RED Ahead, Babies and Books and Play and Learn all help parents provide safe environments and learning opportunities. Our community partners in this effort include: Hawkeye Area Community Action Program, Inc. (HACAP), Partnership for Safe Families, Waypoint, and Young Parents Network (YPN).

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