By forging partnerships, by mobilizing both human and financial resources, and by inspiring people to join us to create solutions, we change the game around these three critical issues:
Success in five key areas builds the likelihood of sustained independence into adulthood. The United Way Education Initiative has identified objectives in each area to promote high school completion and career readiness!
On Grade Level
Ready by 21
To achieve these objectives, the Education Initiative works with community partners to implement the following very
successful activities and programs:
A national initiative of United Way, seeks to ensure that all children are ready physically, mentally, developmentally, emotionally and socially to begin kindergarten. The local initiative is a collaborative of many community partners, including local child care centers; the public school system; local hospitals; local media; and child-serving agencies.
Born Learning® is a national public engagement campaign focused on creating learning opportunities for young children. United Way of the River Cities, St. Mary’s Medical Center and the Greater Huntington Park and Recreation District partnered to construct a Born Learning Trail in Ritter Park near the playground area.
The main objective of the Brain Under Construction Zone (BUCZ) is to build awareness and understanding of the importance of early brain development to the future success of children; to promote education as to the optimal development, behavior and interaction for families of young children from birth to five years of age; and to promote the importance of everyday activities as opportunities to teach.
Reading is essential in children’s lives. The Imagination Library, a program founded by Dolly Parton, mails one free age-appropriate book per month to children from birth up to their fifth birthdays. The West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts handles participating counties in West Virginia.
Register your child today or call 304.523.8929 to request a form from the United Way of the River Cities office. The Education Initiative works with community partners to implement the following very successful activities and programs.
The mission of Education Matters is to motivate the community to decrease the dropout rate and increase student success in Cabell, Lincoln, Mason, and Wayne counties in West Virginia and Lawrence County, Ohio. Education Matters focuses on promoting the importance and value of education, community awareness and involvement, systems change and prevention, and early intervention.