- Increase school readiness
- Ensure students read at grade level by third grade
- Success in middle grades and on-time high school graduation
- Encourage overall educational experience which prepares young adults to obtain employment in today's economy
- Increase accessibility to high-quality affordable child care.
Local United Ways fund many outside-of-school programs that contribute to student success in the classroom. United Way of Pennsylvania focuses on support of the following public policies to help our state create an environment that will support achievement of United Way's education goals:
- Ensuring all children have access to consistent, high quality, and affordable early learning and all families are trained on parenting skills and child development.
- Promoting research-based parent and community engagement programs to reduce non-academic barriers to learning throughout the school years.
- Ensuring all children have access to high-quality and affordable child care options that aid in early learning development.
- Employing targeted interventions and early warning indicators in order to identify truant students and students at risk of dropping out and provide those students with tailored school, family and community supports to complete high school.
- Increasing opportunities for education re-entry for disconnected youth who have discontinued their education, including support for interagency dropout recovery systems.
- Encouraging public-private partnerships to support education, including the PA Education Income Tax Credits, the arts, and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs.
- Incentivizing the recruitment and retention of high quality educational and pupil support personnel, particularly in schools with the greatest need.
- Enhancing out-of-school time programs that improve academic, social and workforce development skills in all off-school time hours, including nights, weekends and summers.
- Credentialing, training and compensation programs for early childhood educators which are aligned with standards and benchmarks to assure all children in Pennsylvania have access to high quality early learning opportunities.
How You Can Help
Contact a local United Way to find out how you can support the success of children in your community. They can connect you to resources such as parent involvement; literacy volunteers in the classroom; mentors for disadvantaged students; and early childhood education.