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In FY18, United Way is investing $2.4 million in education in the Quad Cities to ensure students enter school ready to learn, perform at grade level, remain in school, and graduate high school ready to succeed.


In the Quad Cities, 1 in 6 low-income children are not ready for kindergarten. And, third grade is an important indicator of success for students. Yet, in the Quad Cities, 1 in 4 third graders are not reading at grade level. These are indicators that led to United Way’s work in education.

Our Focus

United Way's work is focused on:

  • Teaching parenting skills and providing resources for early learning and pre-literacy
  • Providing resources to help parents improve the social-emotional skills of their children
  • Removing barriers that prevent children from attending quality early learning programs
  • Providing services to reduce school absences
  • Providing opportunities to enhance learning
  • Providing opportunities for students that promote good behavior and discourage high-risk activities
  • Promoting activities that reduce summer learning loss
  • Promoting successful transitions into middle and high school
  • Providing services for students at risk of not completing high school
  • Providing opportunities to pursue post-secondary options
  • Providing students with life skills to be responsible, self-motivated adults

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