United Way has two community goals in the area of Education:
- Preparing all children to enter school ready to learn.
- Helping youth achieve their full potential.
Together we can prepare all children to enter school ready to learn.
85% of a child’s brain develops before the age of five, so it is critical to provide learning opportunities before formal school begins. In Southwestern Indiana, it is estimated that 60% of the students entering kindergarten received no formal early learning opportunities. Many of these children start school behind their peers and are unable to catch up.
United Way prepares children to enter school ready to learn by:
- Increasing literacy skills at a young age.
- Increasing family involvement in literacy, health and other factors that lead to school readiness.
Born Learning is a United Way public awareness campaign that shows parents and caregivers of young children how to make the most of everyday teachable moments. The program provides easy ways to integrate learning shapes, colors and counting into daily life.
United Way has led efforts to bring together more than 67 organizations and businesses to form the Early Childhood Development Coalition (ECDC). United Way secured a $500,000 4community grant through the Indiana Association of United Ways funded by the Lilly Endowment. An additional $500,000 in matching funds were raised through corporate and local contributions to use for early childhood initiatives. United Way continues to provide staff and resources for the coalition, as well as serving as the fiscal agent. ECDC has an independent Board of Directors.
Key focus areas for ECDC are: Literacy, Health and Nutrition, Family Involvement and School Readiness. Recent projects for the Early Childhood Development Coalition included a lead awareness campaign, literacy parties and kindergarten readiness preparedness for families. Please check out our progress in our 2009 Report to the Community. To learn more or to get involved, contact ECDC.
Napoleon’s Adventure Club Napoleon Peacock is here to help children develop a love of reading! This partnership with the Early Childhood Development Coalition and Welborn Baptist Foundation includes a series of local children’s books, Parent Guides and educational TV programs on WNIN. By engaging children at a young age, we will help prepare them for school and a lifetime of learning and success. Our first book is Napoleon Peacock’s Adventure in Amazonia and takes place at Mesker Park Zoo.
United Way Funded Programs – Early Childhood
|Carver Community Organization||Early Childhood Development|
|The Arc of Evansville||Child Life Center|
|St. Vincent Center for Children and Families||Early Childhood Education|
|Youth Service Bureau||Healthy Families|
Early Childhood Development Coalition Partners
|4 C of Southern Indiana, Inc.||First Steps|
|The Arc of Evansville||Gabriel’s Garden Preschool||Oakhill Baptist Child Care|
|Ark Crisis Child Care Center||Girl Scouts of Raintree Council||Oakland City University|
|Aurora||Goodwill Family Center||Office of the Evansville Mayor|
|Bright Horizon’s-Toyota||Grace Happy House||Purdue Extension|
|CAPE Head Start||Henderson Community College||Royal Child Care|
|Caring Friends Child Care||High Point||St. Mary’s Hospital for Women & Children|
|Carver Community Organization||Home for Your Heart||St. Mary’s La Petite Child Care|
|Cedar Hall Elementary School||Indiana Youth Institute||St. Mary’s Medical Center|
|Central Child Care||Ivy Tech||St. Vincent’s Day Care|
|Crossroads Child Care||Joshua Academy||The Garden School|
|Deaconess Child Care||Junior League of Evansville||United Way of Southwestern Indiana|
|Deaconess Family Practice||Kalp Network Inc.||University of Evansville|
|Deaconess Hospital||Kindergate Development Center||University of Southern Indiana|
|Deaconess Women’s Hospital||Koch Family Children’s Museum||USI – Children’s Center|
|Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center||Lampion Center||Vanderburgh County Health Department|
|Evansville Area PTA Council||Lieberman Technologies||Vectren|
|Evansville Catholic Schools||Little Husky World||Welborn Baptist Foundation|
|Evansville Chamber of Commerce||Marian Educational Outreach||WNIN – Ready to Learn|
|Evansville Courier and Press||Mayor’s Education Roundtable||Youth Service Bureau – Healthy Families|
|Evansville Public Library||Methodist Temple||YWCA|
|Evansville Regional Business Committee||Milestones Child Development Center|
|Evansville/Vanderburgh School Corp.|
|Fairlawn Children’s Center|
Did you know?
Every $1 invested in early childhood yields at least an $8 return to the community through saved taxpayer-funded social services. Indiana is one of only eight states that does not invest any public funding in early childhood programs. Children who participate in early learning programs experience higher employment and compensations rates into adulthood.
Together we can help youth achieve their full potential.
Most teen behavioral problems occur Monday through Friday between 3 and 6 p.m. Those are the high-risk hours after school, before parents return home from work. Quality after school programs give children something to do at a time of day when they are most vulnerable to be victims of crimes and most vulnerable to bad influences.
United Way helps youth achieve their full potential by:
- Ensuring youth have positive role models.
- Reducing tobacco, alcohol and drug use among youth.
- Increasing graduation rates.
United Way is an active participant in the School-Community Council. In the early 1990s, United Way received a grant from the Lilly Endowment to form afterschool programs. Then, in 1994, United Way funds went to Cedar Hall Elementary to form the first full service community school. These early efforts grew into the School-Community Council. Numerous studies have shown that the healthier and happier children are outside of the classroom, the greater the chance that they will succeed in the classroom.
United Way Funded programs – Youth
|Big Brothers, Big Sisters of the Ohio Valley||One-to-One Mentoring|
|Boys & Girls Club of Evansville||Comprehensive Youth Development – Main Unit
Comprehensive Youth Development – Fulton Unit
|Boy Scouts of America Buffalo Trace Council||High Risk TroopsLearning for Life
Scout Reach & Urban Emphasis
|Carver Community Organization||Youth Services|
|Catholic Charities||School CounselingPEERS|
|Lampion Center||Community Services|
|Girl Scouts of Raintree Council||Discovering You|
|Mental Health America, Spencer Co.||Youth Advocacy|
|Vanderburgh County CASA||Child Protection|
|YMCA||Camp Carson ScholarshipsY-CAP|