We fight for every child to receive a quality education that offers a pathway to a brighter tomorrow.

Indiana is one of only eight states that does not invest any public funding into early childhood education programs. In Southwestern Indiana, it is estimated that 60% of the students entering kindergarten have received no formal early learning opportunities. Many of these children start school behind their peers and are unable to catch up. The United Way prepares children to enter school ready to learn by increasing literacy skills at a young age and increasing family involvement in literacy, health and other factors that lead to school readiness.

Most teen behavioral problems occur Monday through Friday between 3 and 6 p.m. 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. The United Way helps youth achieve their full potential by ensuring youth have positive role models, reducing tobacco, alcohol and drug use among youth, and increasing graduation rates.

Real Life Story: The Arc of Evansville Child Life Center

Ben is a four year old child, who began receiving services from The Arc of Evansville’s Child Life Center (CLC) in August, 2014.  At that time, Ben used scripted speech and experienced difficulty responding to simple questions. He was easily distracted and unable to feed himself. Read More

Educational Programs funded by the United Way of Southwestern Indiana:

Carver Community Organization
AARP Experienced Corps Evansville
Early Learning Center
Youth Program

St. Vincent Early Learning Center, Inc.
Early Childhood Education and Care

YMCA of Southwestern Indiana
After School Program Integrating Recreation and Education (ASPIRE)
Warrick County Y-Read

YWCA Evansville
Live Y’ers Program