Education

Goal: Youth achieve academic goals and demonstrate life skills necessary to become positive, contributing members of the community.

Focus Areas

  • School readiness

  • Early grade reading

  • Middle school success and reading

  • High school graduation

 

School readiness is the first step on the path to a successful life. Children are born learning, and the critical period between birth and school can determine a child’s future. Ninety percent of brain development occurs before a child enters the classroom so early learning is key.

Children from low-income families may already be 1-2 years behind their peers when they start school. United Way of Washington County knows that education is one of the building blocks for a successful life. That’s why we’re committed to improving school readiness, promoting early grade reading and advancing personal development.

In 2020, we achieved the following results to advance the education of all Washington County students:

  • 80% of birth to 3 children demonstrated increased communication skills following six months of services.
  • 70% of youth enrolled in educational programs increased or maintained expected academic performance.

In 2021, we are partnering with the following agencies to fund programs that advance our county's education initiatives:

4C FAMILY CENTER OF
WASHINGTON COUNTY

All children succeed
literacy initiative

BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS
OF WASHINGTON COUNTY

Matching and mentoring

BOYS & GIRLS CLUB
OF WASHINGTON COUNTY

Academic success
STEAM Program

CASA GUADALUPE
EDUCATION CENTER

Dream to succeed

KETTLE MORAINE YMCA
Nature based 4-K with Head Start

THE THRESHOLD
Birth-to-Three