ReadUP Ambassadors Change the Game for Third Graders

Each fall our dedicated staff, volunteers and coordinators prepare for another school year and welcome a new set of students fighting to improve their reading skills. In its 12th year, United Way of Central Indiana’s ReadUP program...

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4 Ways to Celebrate National Literacy Month

Welcome to September! This is the month of cooler weather, pumpkin spice and the beginning of fall. But did you also know that September is National Literacy Month? It’s the perfect time to spread the...

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Ready for Kindergarten: Children Learn Social-Emotional Skills with Self-Expression Kits

Eighty-five percent of a child’s brain development happens before the age of 5. One of the most critical things children need to learn during this time is often the most overlooked: social-emotional skills. If children...

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The One Thing You Should Always Have in Your Wallet

Have you ever been in a situation when you knew someone needed help, but didn’t quite know how to help them? It could be a person seeking emergency shelter, an individual fleeing domestic abuse, a...

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Sparking Conversation, Comprehension and Imagination with Literacy Kits

It was a day like any other at East Tenth United Methodist Children and Youth Center. Gray, a curly-haired, bright eyed four-year-old, was finished for the day and getting ready for his mom to pick...

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Restock the Classroom Spreads School Supplies and Smiles to Thousands of Teachers

More than 3,000 teachers were surprised by deliveries of totes full of school supplies during United Way of Central Indiana’s Restock the Classroom event. Teachers throughout Central Indiana received bags filled with the most needed...

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Teachers + Supplies = An Improved Classroom

Imagine that you just got hired for a new job. You’re filled with excitement as you begin your first day, ready to start your new journey! You walk in, and as you’re just starting to...

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United Way Employee Anne Gabbert Wins Indiana AEYC Hoosier Early Childhood Leader Award

Anne Gabbert has spent most of her life advocating for, educating on and improving early childhood education. “I have worked in the field of early childhood for more than 30 years, it’s my Occu-Passion,” she...

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Apply now for On My Way Pre-K

Starting today, eligible families in the 20 On My Way Pre-K counties can apply for a 2018-2019 pre-K grant by visiting www.OnMyWayPreK.org.   To be eligible: Families must earn less than 127 percent of the...

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Impacts of Early Childhood Education on Medium- and Long-Term Educational Outcomes (McCoy et al. 2016)

A recent analysis[1] published in the Education Researcher concludes that participation in high-quality early childhood education (ECE) programs have profound impacts on the educational outcomes of students. Using more than 50 years of data, authors...

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