United Way Works to end America’s education crisis
Education is the cornerstone of individual and community success. But with more than 1.2 million children dropping out each year, America faces an education crisis. The cost? More than $312 billion in lost wages, taxes and productivity over their lifetimes.1 These trends are reversible, but only when communities and public, private and nonprofit sectors work together.
In 2008, United Way Worldwide launched a 10-year initiative to cut the number of high school dropouts in half by 2018. It’s an ambitious goal, but by utilizing our core strengths — a national network, committed partners and public engagement capacity — we can achieve it.
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.
Local Initiatives - What Our Partners Are Doing To Help
Early Childhood Education - Kindergarten Readiness Programs
|Seeds of Learning|
|Southern Ute Montessori Headstart and Early Start|
|Riverhouse Children's Center|
|Silverton Family Learning Center|
|Early Childhood Council of La Plata County|
Elementary and Middle Grade Success - Reading, Math,
|Girl Scouts of Colorado|
|Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Colorado|
|Boys and Girls Club of La Plata County|
|Durango Education Center|
|The Liberty School|
High School Graduation - Dropout Prevention
|Women's Resource Center|
|La Plata Youth Services|
1Figure according to Communities in Schools, one of America’s leading drop-out prevention partnerships.