Education is the cornerstone of individual and community success. We know that entering school ready to learn and graduating on time leads to success in work and life. It’s essential to getting and keeping a job with a livable wage and health benefits. And it’s fundamental to a community’s economic prosperity: a well-educated workforce attracts world-class jobs.
- Quality child care
- School readiness
- Academic completion
- Character and life skills development
- Crisis intervention and counseling
- Parent support and education
- Services for children with special needs
See a complete list of our funded programs, including those focused on education.
Initiatives and Collaborations
Airbus Foundation Flying Challenge
The Airbus Foundation Flying Challenge helps students dreams take flight. Mentors encourage at-risk middle school students in their academic pursuits, showing them how they can someday land their dream job in the aviation industry.
Dolly Parton's Imagination Library
Dolly Parton's Imagination Library brings books into children's homes on a monthly basis to help them develop a love of reading before they enter school. United Way of the Plains launched the program in 2011.
Raising a Reader
Raising a Reader helps families of children age 0-8 develop, practice and maintain home-based reading routines critical for school success. Through a weekly book sharing program, Raising a Reader teaches children and families why sharing books regularly matters and connects them with libraries. United Way oversees this program in the community.
Early Childhood Block Grant
The early days, months, and years of your child’s development will shape their future. If you’re a parent in need of help with your child, or you know someone who does, the Wichita Early Childhood Block Grant funds 13 programs that provide assistance. Check the list of programs and partners.
West Wichita Promise Neighborhoods
Wichita Westside Promise Neighborhoods is working to ensure that all children will grow up with access to effective schools, strong families and supportive communities to ensure they successfully transition to college and a career. They hope to expand and enhance the cradle-to-college-to-career solutions available to children, youth and families within their target area. United Way is leading the charge.