Child in school

Students graduate prepared to succeed in college or career.

Education opens doors, broadens horizons and sets kids up for success. Along with health and income, it’s one of the building blocks of opportunity. That’s why we create, partner and invest in a wide range of programs that give kids a strong start, quality out-of-school time and clear pathways through high school to college and career.


Rise United 2030 Goals


We’ve collaborated with a broad spectrum of community partners to develop a set of 10-year goals to drive transformative change and advance racial equity in the areas of education, income and health in the Quad Cities. Together, we can ensure all Quad Citizens, regardless of race or ZIP code, have the opportunity and access to achieve their full potential.

To make that aspiration a reality, this is our key lever in the area of Education:


Increase by 30% the number of students reading on grade level by third grade.

Double the achievement rate for Black and Hispanic students to close the racial gap.

It will take all of us working together to ensure all Quad Cities students are reading on grade level and have a pathway for success in college or career. Can we count you in?



When kids fall behind in school, they get frustrated and check out before they drop out. We create, partner and invest in a range of programs that set students up to achieve now and in the future. Education is the best investment we can make to eradicate poverty, empower students to develop their full potential and build a strong talent and workforce pipeline.


A child’s earliest experiences – before they even enter school – can determine their ability to succeed for the rest of their lives. Our Strong Start priorities promote quality child care, kindergarten readiness and childhood literacy.


Gives parents the resources, insights and skills to help parents become confident first teachers for their child.  
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Start Smart
Quad Cities

Supplies quality child development information and fun, educational ideas to do with your children. 
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Keep the
Lights On

Provides resources for child care centers to increase the quality of preschool programming and ensure kids start kindergarten ready to thrive. 


We build educational success through partnerships with schools, families and community organizations. This includes supporting programs and partners that provide tutoring, mentoring, in-school and out-of-school programming and social-emotional learning that bolsters school-day activities, helps keep kids on track, or develops life skills in order to improve their academic success.

QC Tutor Connection

The QC Tutor Connection is a web-based platform designed to connect families seeking tutoring services for their children with tutors interested in providing these services.


From tutoring and mentoring to improving school subject matter, our programs and targeted initiatives are designed to encourage and promote college and career readiness. We work and invest in partners helping to ensure that every high school student is prepared to succeed after graduation.


Our Strategic Impact Grants deliver measurable improvements in our impact areas of education, income and health. The following Implementing Partners assist our efforts to strengthen education for all Quad Citizens.

Bethany for Children & Families
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Mississippi Valley
Child Abuse Council
Community Action of Eastern Iowa
Davenport Community School District
Family Resources
Fresh Films
Friendly House
GiGi's Playhouse
Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa/Western Illinois
Hand in Hand
HELP Iowa Legal Aid

Iowa Jobs for America’s Graduates
Junior Achievement
Moline Public Schools Foundation
Narratives Quad Cities, Inc. NFP
Project Renewal
Putnam Museum & Science Center
Quad City Symphony Orchestra
Safer Foundation
SAL Family and Community Services
Scott County Family YMCA
Spring Forward Learning 
Steam on Wheels
The Moline Foundation

Twin Torch Foundation, Inc.
Two Rivers YMCA
United Township School District
YWCA of the Quad Cities

See the full list of 53 Implementing Partners who, collectively, help give Quad Citizens the opportunity for economic mobility, quality education and health care – regardless of race or ZIP code.
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