Advocate

Policies created by the government affect us all. By participating in the process, we multiply the impact we can have on our community.

Across our impact areas,
we are advocating for:

Sustaining Progress for Pre-K & Early Childhood Education.
As leaders of the Early Education Works Coalition, protect and grow the state’s investment in On My Way Pre-K and work with FSSA to improve access, affordability, and quality of early childhood education.

Advancing Equity.
Collaborate with the Indianapolis Urban League to identify and advocate for policy changes that will advance racial equity across all UWCI impact areas.

Building the Workforce.
Grow post-secondary education and employment pathways for adults.

Improving Access to Basic Needs.
Advocate for equitable access and distribution of food, stable housing, transportation, health care, and broadband to improve socioeconomic, educational, and health outcomes.

Learn More About Our Initiatives

On My Way Pre-K

On My Way Pre-K awards grants to 4 year olds from low-income families so that they may have access to a high-quality pre-K program the year before they begin kindergarten. Families who receive a grant may use the grant at any approved On My Way Pre-K program.

To reach our
goals, we are:

Leading

Leading our region in establishing policy for and distributing resources throughout the underserved areas of education and financial stability.

Collaborating

Collaborating with local and state leaders, community schools, agencies and partners to focus on the specific needs of each community.

Supporting

Supporting proven programs and innovative initiatives with the resources and manpower needed to protect the wellbeing of our neighbors.

Community Milestones

2-1-1 services were transitioned to the Family and Social Services Administration to better align state resources with community supports, early learning was incorporated into the Governor’s Workforce Cabinet’s education planning, and investments in mass transit were preserved.

On My Way Pre-K became a statewide program and a statewide bias crimes law was enacted.

HEA 1007 which allowed for FSSA’s Division of Mental Health and Addiction to add 9 additional opioid treatment programs.

The General Assembly voted to expand Indiana’s pre-k for low-income children with the passage of a pre-k expansion bill and approved a budget which includes an investment of $22 million per year in the next biennium budget.

The coalition for mass transit celebrated a victory on Election night, as Indianapolis' residents voted "yes" to a public transit ballot referendum to increase bus service.

Indiana's biennial budget included a $1 million per year appropriation to the 2-1-1 Services Fund, thanks in part to a significant gift from The Glick Fund.

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United Way of Central Indiana's advocacy work is produced with support from the Alliance for Early Success, a 50-state early childhood advocacy resource that provides connections, expertise, technical assistance, and targeted investments to allies pursuing policies that improve outcomes for children birth through age 8. More at www.earlysuccess.org

A LANDMARK DAY FOR UNITED WAY

Many years ago, we took the bold step of making quality early childhood education and pre-k advocacy a top priority for our community.

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