United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley considers the journey to improve educational outcomes a cradle-to-career undertaking. While we know the early years are the building blocks of a successful school career, we also understand children and families need support throughout the school years in order to graduate from high school and go on to post-secondary success. Our priorities in the area of Education include:
- Kindergarten readiness, which begins at birth.
- Early grade proficiency, with a focus on 3rd grade reading proficiency.
- Success in the middle grades.
- On-time high school graduation.
We have worked closely with the Yamhill Community Care Organization to develop the Yamhill County Kindergarten Readiness Calendar. Find out more information, or download the calendar here.
Understanding the Scope of the Issue
In our three-county region, 64.8% of third-graders read at grade level. Only 62.7% of eigth-graders were proficient readers. 1,198 students did not graduate on time. Youth who do not graduate from high school experience higher unemployment rates, less pay when they are employed, have a greater need for public assistance, have a greater chance of incarceration, and represent an economic loss for the community as a whole.
Source: Oregon Department of Education, 2013-14 Academic Year
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Learn about the investments we are making in education through our 2015-2017 Community Impact Grants.