Community Impact Goal:
Decrease the achievement gap by reaching 30% more underserved learners by 2025.
Result 1: Children enter school developmentally on track
Result 2: Children exit third grade reading at grade level
Result 3: Learners develop the skills needed for life and career, including but not limited to civic literacy, employability skills, financial literacy, and health literacy
UNITED WAY'S RESPONSE:
We will increase access to underserved children by providing sliding fee scales and encouraging a focus on equity.
We will support parents in their role of being their kids’ first teachers.
We will increase access for out-of-school learning and proven intervention strategies.
We will educate community members on issues of impact and empower them with tools to take action.
Our work in Education
Iowa Reading Corps
United Way of Story County invests in AmeriCorps members to be recruited and trained to implement the Iowa Reading Corps program in 8 elementary schools. AmeriCorps members are delivering research-based tutoring and literacy interventions to struggling readers in kindergarten through 3rd grade at Kate Mitchell, Fellows, Sawyer, St. Cecilia, Gilbert Intermediate, Ballard East, Nevada Central, and Roland-Story. Learn more here...
Story County Reads
United Way of Story County recognizes the importance of ensuring all youth in our communities have the building blocks they need to establish success with education. Story County Reads is a multi-sector coalition which brings together partner agencies and community stakeholders with the goals that all youth in Story County are ready for school and can read at or above grade level by the end of third grade. We are a part of the National Campaign for Grade Level Reading and follow the model of the national work in four priority areas:
- School readiness
- Out of School Learning
- Grade level reading
United Way of Story County is the backbone and lead agency for Story County Reads. Learn more about Story County Reads.
Out of School Learning
Learning loss occurs during the months when students are not in attendance in school. This is most significant in June through August, but the negative affects of learning loss can be experienced throughout the school year. United Way of Story County brings together multiple organizations to collaboratively serve students with community and school-based programs. These programs fit together to create a portfolio of supports addressing the unique and diverse needs of our youth, ensuring the opportunity to achieve academic goals. Learn more here.