Our Goal: Ensure all children in Douglas County enter kindergarten with the skills they need to succeed and that 5th grade students are working at grade level in math and reading.
Our Challenge: A surprisingly large number of students in Douglas County are not succeeding in school – a precursor to their success in life. Almost half of the children entering kindergarten in Lawrence don’t yet possess the social, language and emotional development and general knowledge they must have to succeed in school. And children who are not on track with reading and math in the 4th and 5th grades are four times more likely to drop out of school before they graduate.
Our Strategy: The United Way assembled a team of community experts to pool their resources and combat the root causes of the problems that prevent too many Douglas County children from succeeding in school. The team set measurable outcomes to ensure steady progress is made toward achieving school success.
Our Partners: • Big Brothers & Big Sisters • Ballard Community Services • Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence • Child Care Aware • Communities in Schools of Kansas • Douglas County AIDS Project • Douglas County Child Development Association • Girl Scouts • Harvesters Community Food Network • Success by 6 • Lawrence Public Schools • Kennedy Elementary School