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Sunday, November 12, 2017

If you have a good education and a good job, it’s easy to take your financial security for granted. Most people don’t realize how quickly and unexpectedly that security can disappear.

One such case is Tiaira Walls. Two years ago, she was a graduate  student at Kaplan University, living in Davenport. But then the relationship she was in became abusive. Tiaira made a difficult decision:...

Sunday, November 5, 2017
In today’s economy, having a job by no means guarantees that you earn enough to pay for basic needs. In the Quad Cities, for example, a single person living alone needs to earn more than a dollar an hour above the federal minimum wage to afford necessities such as rent, food, transportation,  and health care. For families, living expenses are so high that, even with two paychecks coming in, many...
Sunday, October 29, 2017
When a student drops out of high school, the impact on the student’s future is easy to measure. But dropping out of school affects not just the student, but the Quad Cities as a whole. High school dropouts are more likely to be unemployed, be teen parents, abuse drugs and alcohol, commit crimes, and have more chronic health problems – all of which is a drain on community resources. In all, it’s...
Sunday, October 22, 2017
Reading proficiency by third grade is the most important predictor of high school graduation and career success. Studies show tutoring is one of the most reliable methods for improving reading outcomes.    As such, United Way piloted Vello, an online tutoring and reading program, to provide one-on-one reading assistance to help build confidence and reading skills students need to make the most of...
Sunday, October 8, 2017
Psychologists and educational researchers agree that early childhood learning, particularly before age five, is integral in academic and social growth. Having a potent early learning program can put a child at a distinct advantage, and being bereft of one can conversely hamper a child’s integration and evolution. A parent’s role in guiding that learning for their children, both in helping them...

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