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Women United

Women United is a  dynamic and determined group of Quad Cities women, who believe that every Quad Cities child deserves to be ready to succeed in school and live their best possible life.

Since 2013, Women United has brought caring women together to improve the lives of our youngest Quad Citizens. We focus on one core belief: that all children deserve quality early care and learning opportunities in the Quad Cities. 
Together, we give our time, voice, influence and resources to ensure local children are ready to succeed in school. More than 200 Women United members have raised and invested nearly $5.5 million in research-based strategies and programs aimed to enhance quality early care and learning in the Quad Cities.  

Why we care:

  • 1 in 6 kids in the Quad Cities starts kindergarten without the skills needed to succeed.
  • A child who is not ready to succeed in kindergarten is twice as likely to not be reading at grade-level by 3rd grade, which leads to an increase in dropout rates, especially among low-income and minority students.
  • Quality early learning experiences are a key driver of school readiness, vital to improving high school graduation rates and critical to our region’s future economic well-being.

Our programs: 

Born Learning: We created this initiative because we know what happens in a child’s early years matters, for school readiness and success in life. That’s why we invest in Born Learning Academy and Trail programs that provide practical tips and tools to help parents and caregivers provide quality early learning opportunities for young children. From the Born Learning calendar with everyday teachable moments to Born Learning academies that help parents prepare their children for kindergarten and Born Learning trails that inspire fun, outdoor learning, we help provide the tools to make parents their child’s first teacher.
Quad Cities Care Environments: We support several early education and care environments in our area including Skip-A-Long Childcare Centers, YWCA and Scott County Family YMCA. These organizations provide critical springboards for a child’s education.
Host Hygiene Drives: We collect shampoo, toothpaste, soap, diapers, etc. to give to children and families to ensure their basic needs are met. It's easy to host a hygiene drive for your group or company. Contact Amy Barnett at 563.344.0328 to get started. Here are the items needed:
  • Diapers and pull-ups
  • Baby wipes
  • Baby shampoo and baby wash
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Body wash and bar soap
  • Toothbrushes, toothpaste, and dental floss
  • Deodorant
  • Combs and hairbrushes
  • Tampons and feminine napkins
Sign up to host a hygiene drive.
Donate to our Virtual Book Drive on Amazon
We have created a Virtual Book Drive that we’d love for you to purchase for children in need so more kids have books in their homes.  All you have to do is select a book or two from the list, purchase them and they will ship directly to United Way of the Quad Cities to distribute to kids.

What we do: 

INVEST: Each member gives $1,000 or more to invest in early learning opportunities and tools. Our resources ensure that children have a safe and enriching environment in which to learn and receive services that improve their health, well-being and development. Women United Charter women are leading and inspiring change.
ADVOCATE: Members give their voices and their time to engage elected leaders around issues that improve children’s health and development. We champion affordable, quality childcare for families of all income levels, allowing parents to advance in their careers.
VOLUNTEER: We get involved in many hands-on activities, including reading with kids in the critical year before kindergarten, assisting families in Born Learning Academies, developing Born Learning Trails, building literacy kits to improve students’ reading skills and donating books and hygiene supplies for kids and families.

Our impact:

Raised $2.5 million toward the building of the new Scott County Family YMCA Learning Center in downtown Davenport.
Invested $275,000 to improve local early care and education facilities and support training and professional development for local providers.
More than 950 local children and families have graduated from Women United’s Born Learning Academies that have been hosted by 22 Quad Cities organizations.
800 families currently get 3 text messages on a week straight to their phone with activities, ways to make everyday moments into teaching moments.
90,000 Born Learning calendars have been distributed since 2015 with 365 days of activities for parents to do with their children.


Contact Leslee Cook or find out more in the Women United brochure.