Propelling children forward with academic certainty
In our local community and in alignment with United Way’s national goals, United Way of Southern Nevada is committed to securing more academic opportunity for all children, engaging families in their children’s academic journey to ensure a lifetime of success, and increasing teacher’s skills and proficiencies for greater pupil-student engagement and learning.
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To help all children enter school ready to learn, to move through school with confidence, be career ready at graduation, so that they happily and positively contribute to the local workforce.
All children enter school at grade level or above, consistently close the achievement gap and demonstrate proficiency in reading, math and literacy by third grade.
- Increase the percentage of child care providers with access to quality professional development.
- Increase the percentage of children with access to quality preschool programs.
- Increase the percentage of families with access to family engagement training, activities and support systems to enable students to graduate.
Driving Results that Allow Children to Thrive (2010 – 2014)
• More than 45,000 high school students and their families have received information, support and resources to increase on-time graduation
• More than 73,000 hours of professional development have been deployed, strengthening the skill base and competency of early childhood educators
• More than 23,000 pre-K students and their families have participated in family engagement workshops, contributing to more confident, healthier and happier families
• More than 1,300 kids were given preschool scholarships, helping to get students off to a strong start with a solid academic foundation
• This year, 279 at-risk high schoolers received their diploma and graduated through the support of our Family Engagement Resource Centers
Enrollment in quality early childhood education programs improves student performance all the way through on-time high school graduation by building a solid foundation for a lifetime of learning.
Lily and Gabriel Receive a Strong Start
A doctoral student at UNLV, Holly Schneider had almost given up hope in finding resources for sending her children, Lily age five and Gabriel age three and a half, to preschool. After some research, she was relieved to receive a United Way Tuition Assistance Preschool Scholarship. When Holly found out about the scholarship, her resources were stretched. Trying to write a dissertation with two active, young children at home was challenging. After Lily and Gabriel began attending preschool, she and her husband Jubal were able to focus on their career goals. “I am passionate about education. It’s a hard road but a good road to provide a better future for my family,” explained Holly. “My husband can also now pursue his dreams and has the time to work an information technology internship for two days a week.” Since attending preschool, Lily has now gained an interest in reading books and learned to write her name and recognize words and letters. “Lily wasn’t getting the social interaction she needed staying at home. It’s really helped her to come out of her shell and she has gained pre-kindergarten academic skills,” said Holly. “She has come a long way.” An active child, Gabriel is strong-willed and his verbal skills were behind. Holly works closely with his teacher to create strategies to help Gabriel focus his attention on learning. “He has taken a giant step towards verbalizing his frustrations instead of having temper tantrums,” explained Holly. “I am so happy with the outcomes for my family.” Gabriel is now learning different letters and numbers and has an increased attention span. “Preschool is so important for my children,” said Holly. “My children have learned the social skills of how to interact with other children and adults and gained critical social, cognitive and emotional skills.”