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United Way makes sure children and youth start school ready to succeed...

become proficient readers at a young age, stay on track in middle school, earn their high school diploma and pursue a higher education.

A good education is a cornerstone of success in school, work and life. It also benefits the whole community: high school graduates have higher earning potential, contribute more to their local economies, are more engaged in their communities, and are more likely to raise kids who also graduate on time.

United Way adopts a comprehensive approach to education. The path to success begins early and we provide a strong foundation through initiatives such as Ready 4 Kindergarten - which is helping children and families facing numerous barriers to achieving academic success and overall wellness.

Ready 4 Kindergarten (R4K)

United Way Education Initiative

R4K is a partnership between United Way, local schools, parents, and community organizations. R4K Family School Coordinators engage local resources ensuring children start school ready to learn and continue their education fully engaged, paving the way for career and life success. Learn more about R4K.

Click here to see a listing of all United Way funded programs through Community Impact grants.

2016-2018 Education Community Impact

STRATEGY: Improve Kindergarten Readiness

Children ages birth to 5, who experience early learning at home and/or through quality daycare and preschool, increase their success in school and throughout life. 

▶ Result: 1,055 children attending preschool, and their families, received:

  • Education support
  • Developmental support
  • Early intervention screenings
  • Financial support
  • Increased family literacy, school readiness, and academic achievement

STRATEGY: Improve Third Grade Reading and Math Levels

Disadvantaged children from kindergarten through third grade who receive assistance from after-school programs increase their success in reading and math.

▶ Result: 2,303 children attended after-school programs and received assistance with:

  • Academics
  • Recognizing and controlling emotions
  • Resolving conflicts in appropriate ways

STRATEGY: Improve High School Graduation Rates

Students who drop out of high school are more likely to be unemployed, earn less income, and receive public assistance. Disadvantaged students who receive assistance with challenges in and out of school increase their ability to graduate from high school on time.

▶ Result: 1,388 students received assistance with:

  • Academics
  • Dealing with anger
  • Domestic violence education
  • How to deal with bullying
  • Reducing conflict
  • Coping with grief
  • Poor attendance issues


Questions about our education work or R4K initiative? Email Betty Joan Beaudry, Director of Community Impact & 2-1-1 Mid-York, or call 315-733-4691, ext. 225.