All Quad Cities youth are prepared to be successful in work and life.
This Education Brochure highlights some of our work.

Result 1: Students enter school ready to learn.

Strategy 1.1: Teach parenting skills and provide resources to promote early learning and pre-literacy.
Strategy 1.2: Provide resources to help parents/guardians improve the social-emotional skills of their children.
Strategy 1.3 Remove barriers that prevent children and families from taking advantage of quality early learning environments that promote school readiness.

Result 2: Students perform at grade level and remain engaged in the educational process.

Strategy 2.1: Provide supportive services for students and families that reduce school absences.
Strategy 2.2: Provide quality opportunities for students that reinforce and enhance learning.
Strategy 2.3: Provide quality opportunities for students that promote good behavior and discourage high-risk activities.
Strategy 2.4: Promote and coordinate activities that reduce summer learning loss.
Strategy 2.5: Promote students’ successful transitions into middle and high school.

Result 3: Students complete high school, and are college- or career-ready.

Strategy 3.1: Provide support services for students at risk of not completing high school.
Strategy 3.2: Provide students with opportunities to explore and pursue multiple post-secondary options.
Strategy 3.3: Provide students with the life skills necessary to enter the world as responsible, self-motivated adults.

Education Council

To help further our work in Education, we’ve formed an Education Council made up of talented volunteers with the expertise to get things done.  The Council is focusing on two areas:

  • Kindergarten Readiness:  They developed the first-ever Quad Cities-wide Kindergarten Skills Inventory to determine the number of children entering school ready to learn.  It will also help identify the skills our local children are lacking.
  • Grade-Appropriate Reading Levels:  A task force was convened to eliminate the achievement gap in third-grade reading levels.  The achievement gap is when children from low-income homes read at grade level at a lower rate than their peers. In some areas of the Quad Cities, these children are twice as likely not to read on grade-level.

Education Council Co-Chairs:

  • Dr. Jay Morrow, Superintendent, United Township School District
  • Dr. James Spelhaug, Superintendent, Pleasant Valley Community School District

Funded Programs (through June 2017)

We fund programs which are advancing education across the Quad Cities. Every day, these programs are serving hundreds of children and are getting them ready for school,  building their character and improving their performance in school. View the full list of Education Funded Programs.

For more information on Education initiatives contact Alex Kolker or call 563.344.0339.




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All youth are prepared to be successful in work and life.


All Quad Citians are economically self-sufficient.


All Quad Citians are healthy and safe.