United Way Funds Programs for Tomorrow’s Citizens

February 10, 2011  //  United Way

United Way funds reach 1,744 children with purposeful play facilitated by highly intentional teaching practices that address all aspects of their development. The bottom line? Children are ready to enter school and succeed.

Experts agree that family members are the most important people in a young child’s life. They also agree that raising children is the most challenging job a parent undertakes. Every parent wants the best for their children, and toward that end United Way of Lincoln and Lancaster County focuses 21 percent of donor dollars to support families through UW funded agencies that constantly search for enriching, affordable, and accessible early care and education experiences.

Poor early development affects both physical and mental health, behavior and learning abilities in later life. It has been proven that the level of a child’s development at the time of school entry predicts performance in school programs.

Today, $410,500 is allocated to six programs that provide research-supported curriculum for the development of literacy, mathematical competence and emotional and social skill development for children from six weeks to age five.

What happens when a child enters school ready to learn? Here are the quantifiable benefits:

  • Reduced grade retention, special education use and disruptive classroom behavior
  • Improved workforce productivity of parents
  • Reduced delinquency, school drop-out, adolescent parenting, welfare-dependency and criminal justice involvement
  • Improved earnings and productivity