We all know that a quality education is a key building block for a good quality of life. A good education leads to greater chances for success throughout a person's life.

Cedar Valley United Way is helping children and youth achieve their potential through education by working toward the following goals:

  • Creating productive and engaged young adults
  • Partnering with schools and parents to improve academic achievement in children
  • Creating successful transitions to career and work life

Data tells us that investments we are making are working. But there is room for improvement. 10.2% of adults in the Cedar Valley do not have a high school diploma. 7.4% of households in our community speak a language other than English. Only 69.5% of 4th graders in our community are proficient in reading.

Cedar Valley United Way is strategically investing in education programs that are giving children a stronger educational foundation. We're providing mentors, preschool and child care scholarships, learning opportunities and much more. Below are the programs receiving grant funding in the area of education.

2016-17 Education Funding Grants

Afterschool & Summer Learning
Great Futures Project | $64,350
Boys & Girls Club of the Cedar Valley

YMCA Afterschool Programs | $12,705
Family YMCA of Black Hawk County 

Family Activity Center | $15,000
The Salvation Army

College & Career Preparation
Unlocking Student Potential | $29,000

Cultivating a Skilled Workforce | $5,104
Junior Achievement of Eastern Iowa

Early Education
General Support | $6,500
Cedar Valley Preschool & Child Care

Quality Child Care and Preschool | $54,000
Grin and Grow Ltd. 

Service Learning | $15,000
Volunteer Center of Cedar Valley

Primetime Reading Buddies | $10,000
Wheaton Franciscan Health System/RSVP

Parent & Mentor Support
Youth Mentoring - Black Hawk County | $50,000
Big brother Big Sister of Northeast Iowa

Youth Mentoring - Buchanan County | $6,500
Big Brother Big Sisters of Northeast Iowa

Women-to-Women Career Mentoring | $3,864
Cedar Valley United Way

Home Visitation Program | $21,064
Operation Threshold

PASS | $8,250
YWCA of Black Hawk County

Wize Girlz | $19,250
YWCA of Black Hawk County

Total Education Grants | $320,497