"Most children who start behind. stay behind. This can lead to more students not graduating high school, especially among low-income and minority students."

America's Early Childhood

UNITED WE FIGHT

24-percent

of central Iowa students are not reading proficiently by the end of third grade, making them 4 times less likely to graduate from high school.

Iowa Dept. of Education and
Annie E. Casey Foundation

 

Child Care

is the largest monthly expense for an Iowa family with two young children, forcing families to make difficult decisions to meet budget.

Iowa ALICE Report

61-percent

of low-income families don’t own any children’s books. The number of books in a child’s home is the best predictor of reading scores.

Children’s Literacy Foundation

 

REBUILDING A BETTER FUTURE

 
After a tragedy, Misty and her son have worked to rebuild their lives with huge support from an early learning center funded by United Way of Central Iowa.

WHAT IF...

every child had the chance to start school ready to learn?

We fight for quality early care and education for central Iowa children by:

  • Supporting child care centers in lower-income neighborhoods

  • Increasing opportunities for children to develop reading skills

  • Providing comprehensive care that focuses on a child’s health and well-being

  • Addressing the child care cliff effect that causes working families to lose child care benefits

UNITED WE WIN

70.3-percent

of central Iowa kindergartners were proficient in literacy skills during the 2017-2018 school year, up from 55.5% in 2014-2015.

Iowa Dept. of Education

2x

Book Buddy children showed mastery of many necessary pre-reading skills or strong pre-reading skills over the school year, up to 60% in spring from 32% in fall.

55,000

books were given to children in United Way-supported programs in 2018.

 

 

JOIN THE FIGHT

Designate your United Way donation to Education

GIVE NOW

Join Women United in leading the charge for our youngest central Iowans

WOMEN UNITED

Help all kids READ to SUCCEED by volunteering to read weekly with a child

READ to SUCCEED

Advocate to prevent low-income families from losing quality child care

CLIFF EFFECT

Organize a book drive at your organization to help children in need at

STUFF THE BUS

GIVING CHILDREN A CHANCE

 

READ to Succeed Logo

A community-wide effort to ensure central Iowa children read proficiently by the end of third grade.

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Book Buddy logo

A program that pairs volunteers to read weekly with 4-year-olds in the critical year before kindergarten.

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Power Read Logo

A program that pairs volunteers to read weekly with elementary school students to build reading skills.

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Vision-to-Learn-logo-1

A program that brings eye-glasses to children who need them in low-income schools.

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Summer in the City logo

An initiative that supports summer learning programs for students to prevent summer slide.

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