IT IS A FACT THAT: 1 in 5 students in Geauga County come from low income homes. On average economically disadvantaged students in Geauga County scored 8% lower on standardized measures compared to their peers at the elementary school level. That's why all of United Way's education strategies are focused on low-income students.
Our bold goal is that every Geauga preschooler enter kindergarten ready to learn and all students are reading at grade level by the third grade.
Preschool and Early Childhood Social/Emotional Well-Being
In order to get the biggest payback in dollars invested, it pays to invest as early as possible in a child’s education…and that means even in preschool. Children from low-income households often do not have the benefit of attending preschool, so when they start kindergarten, they are already behind. We are investing your gifts toward preschool scholarships for low-income students so that every child in Geauga can enter kindergarten prepared and ready to learn. In addition, social and behavioral skills are critical for a child to be ready to learn in a classroom environment. Your dollars are also helping to fund The Incredible Years, which is a program that helps preschoolers learn how to get along with others, follow rules and behave appropriately in the classroom.
Many parents do not have the appropriate knowledge and skills to create the best environment for raising successful children. If the home environment is difficult, it affects children emotionally and academically. That's why your donation helps to fund parent education programs to help parents get their children off to the best possible start.
Tutoring and Mentoring Programs
Before third grade, children are learning to read; by fourth grade, they need to be reading to learn. Research tells us that if students are not reading at grade level by 3rd grade, it's very difficult for them to ever catch up. Funded tutoring programs help students provide students with the extra help they need to make sure they're reading at grade level. Finally, funding mentoring programs like Big Brothers Big Sisters, help at-risk children in a number of ways: reducing drug and alcohol use, increasing school performance, and helping them get along better at home and school.
Together we are Connecting the Community to Improve Lives!