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Education2022-07-15T15:09:07-05:00

Education

Education is the foundation to success in school, work and life, and the cornerstone to a strong community.

WHY IT MATTERS

Putting children on the path to success starts before they even enter school. Because a child’s brain develops the fastest in early childhood, children need a strong family ecosystem, early learning opportunities and access to developmental services.

When children start school ready to learn, achieve on-grade reading and math levels, maintain strong attendance and graduate on time, they are prepared for secondary education or to enter the workforce. A well educated workforce ensures individual financial stability and a robust, thriving economy.

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of children ages 3 – 4 were enrolled in nursery school, preschool or kindergarten in Kansas in 2019.
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of third graders in USD 259 – Wichita Public Schools were not reading at grade level in 2019.
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The high school graduation rate in Sedgwick County in 2019.

OUR WORK

Our goal is to help children flourish in their education.

We’re fighting to help every child have the best possible future. With an approach to education that spans from cradle to career, we’re making sure children start school ready to learn, achieve on-grade reading levels, maintain strong attendance and graduate on time.

Click below to learn more about each of our programs, initiatives and collaborations focused on education:

OUR IMPACT IN 2021

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million invested in the community through United Way-funded programs to help children thrive in their education.
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times United Way-funded programs helped children reach their potential.
Adult man helping a third grade boy read from a book in the library.

GET INVOLVED: BECOME A VOLUNTEER

Help children on the path to success by becoming a Read to Succeed volunteer reading coach. The Women United® Read to Succeed initiative focuses on helping children read at grade level by the end of third grade. Coaches meet weekly with a student for 30 minutes to listen to them read and provide intervention tactics to help them improve their reading skills.

Learn more about the program and how you can change a child’s life by serving as a reading coach.

Read to Succeed

LIVE UNITED BLOG: EDUCATION

Read our latest blog posts about our education based initiatives and their impact.

FUND A CHILD’S FUTURE

When you donate to United Way, your gift follows children at all points of their education, ensuring their success. Give today.

DONATE NOW

QUESTIONS?

For more information, contact Heather Crump, United Way Community Impact Manager for Education, at hcrump@unitedwayplains.org or (316) 267‑1321 ext. 4234.

OUR FOCUS

Our focus is on healtheducationfinancial stability and basic needs—the building blocks for a good quality of life and a strong community. Click below to learn more about what we’re doing, the programs we invest in and our lasting impact in each area.

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