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overcome educational barriers

By helping children effectively enter and perform well in school, graduating ready for college or career. 

Examples: summer learning and afterschool programs, quality preschool and early learning opportunities, and support for at-risk youth

In FY19, United Way is investing $2.4 million in education in the Quad Cities.


In the Quad Cities, 14% of children are not ready for kindergarten. And, third grade is an important indicator of success for students. Yet, in the Quad Cities, 32% of third graders are not reading at grade level. These are indicators that led to United Way’s work in education.

Impact Partners

It takes a collaboration of many partner organizations to successfully implement our work in education.

  • Bethany for Children and Families
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Mississippi Valley
  • Child Abuse Council
  • Community Action of Eastern Iowa
  • Davenport Community School District
  • East Moline School District #37
  • Eastern Iowa Community College
  • Family Resources
  • GiGi's Playhouse
  • Iowa Jobs for America's Graduates (iJAG)
  • Rock Island/Milan School District #41
  • SAL Family & Community Services
  • Safer Foundation
  • Transitions Mental Health Services
  • Two Rivers YMCA
  • United Township High School District #30
  • YWCA of the Quad Cities