Advocates: Spend $50M a year on prekindergarten

A leader of the coalition advocating for a funding boost said the state needs to move beyond “pilot thinking.” To do so, lawmakers should commit at least $50 million per year to pre-K, Ann Murtlow, CEO of the United Way of Central Indiana, told IndyStar. 

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Changing the life of a life-changing teacher

What's it like to be singled out as a "life-changing educator" and handed a prize check for $25,000? Daphne Draa, one of the 2016 winners of the Hubbard Life-Changing Educator award, can tell you in one word - exhilarating. Find out how you can change the life of an IPS educator who has impacted you.

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Finding his Independence

“Trent” arrived at St. Mary’s Child Center a sweet little boy, but tremendously shy. But his real struggle was at lunchtime; he wouldn't eat. Fortunately, a well-trained staff and a caring bus driver were there to help. Read Trent's story.

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United Way Invites Nominations for IPS Life-Changing Educator Awards

What’s it like to be singled out as a “life-changing teacher” and handed a prize check for $25,000? Daphne Draa, a teacher from the IPS Center for Inquiry School 2, can tell you in one word – exhilarating.

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Conquering Fears

When Abby began volunteering as a United Way ReadUP tutor, she was partnered with Aries. “My first day I was very, very nervous and unsure of what to expect,” Abby admitted. But Aries’ lively and funny personality quickly put her to ease. Abby couldn’t wait to get to started.

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A Chance to Overcome

If you would have met Kayla as a 6th grader, you’d likely agree she was a highly difficult kid. She was angry all the time, constantly defying teachers and nearly impossible to keep on-task with school work. But what you may not have know is what she was dealing with at home

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Business and Civic Leaders Join Forces with Educators and Government Officials to Promote Expansion of High-Quality Pre-K in 2017 Legislative Session

Key leaders in business, philanthropy, education and government announced today the Indianapolis business community has successfully reached its goal of raising $10 million for the city’s pre-k program.

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Sarah and John Lechleiter to Donate $5 Million to United Way

Ann Murtlow, President and CEO of United Way of Central Indiana (UWCI), and Brian Gallagher, President and CEO of United Way Worldwide (UWW), announced today a $5 million gift from longtime United Way supporters, Sarah and John Lechleiter. Matched by the Eli Lilly and Company Foundation, the total gift of $10 million will be directed toward United Way’s impact work.

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Building Life Skills. Building Confidence.

The Cub Scouts from Pack 16 are like every other scout; they love to be with their friends, explore and learn new things. But they might not be what you expect when you envision the typical Boy Scout.

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United Way receives $90,000 grant from Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust

United Way of Central Indiana was recently awarded a $90,000 grant from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust. This grant will be used to pilot an enhanced version of the ReadUP Readers program in 10 preschool classrooms.

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