A quality education is the best path out of poverty.
We’re increasing the academic success of our youth by making quality child care accessible, fostering early reading skills and supporting students through graduation.
To get there, we keep track of child care centers and children enrolled, kindergarten readiness and third grade reading levels, attendance rates, graduation rates and annual goals.
ReadUP connects volunteers with local schools, where they read to two students for 30 minutes every week, helping kids get on track - and stay on track - with grade-level literacy. We know that children who read at or above grade-level are more likely to succeed in school and in life.
By pairing volunteers with students who are struggling to read, we can change the course of their academic future. They also grow in confidence and find an appreciation for reading with the help of our dedicated volunteers.
Volunteer just one hour a week to impact the life of a child in your community.
Your company is valued partner of United Way of Central Indiana. We encourage you to utilize the ReadUP Toolkit and online resources to share the program with your team. There are multiple ways to get involved in ReadUP!
All IN 4 Pre-K is a campaign of Hoosier families, community advocates and business leaders working together to expand access to high-quality pre-k in Indiana. Indiana has an opportunity to give every child in our state access to a pre-k education that prepares them for school. Hoosiers like you have the opportunity to go all in, today, for our young children.
For Indiana's children to succeed in school and in life, high-quality child care and early education is critical. But far too many families in our community are unable to afford the costs. In turn, the child’s education suffers, and a barrier is created just as they begin their path to self-sufficiency.
Many years ago, we took the bold step of making quality early childhood education and pre-k advocacy a top priority for our community. In April 2017, 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.
While we are making an impact, we need your help to expand the number of students participating in these programs in the future. Please join us in advocating for the state of Indiana to appropriate funding for all 4-year-olds from low-income families without access to other resources to receive a high-quality early childhood education focused on kindergarten readiness.
“My first day I was very, very nervous and unsure of what to expect,” ReadUP volunteer Abby admitted, until she was paired with Aries. Since then, Aries has improved her test scores, reached grade-level literacy, and found a love for reading.Read More
When Trent arrived at United Way-supported St. Mary’s Child Center, he rarely spoke and struggled to eat. With the help of St. Mary’s Child Center and United Way, Trent became an independent boy who engages in classroom life.Read More