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United Way of Central Kentucky Works to Reduce Poverty Through Education

Across our region too many children are entering kindergarten already behind, spending time alone after school, and lacking the positive influences needed to keep them on track in school and in life.

United Way of Central Kentucky’s model focuses on supportive communities, effective schools, and strong families, using strategies and approaches rooted in research. Tackling the education challenge requires United Way to develop a continuum of supports that prevent children from slipping through the cracks and needing more serious and costly interventions in the future as adults.

United Way Born Learning Academies                

United Way strives to meet parents where they are. That’s the philosophy of the 7 United Way Born Learning Academies available throughout our region to provide caregivers with free opportunities to help prepare their children for success in school. Learn more and find your local Academy here.

Supporting Community Early Childhood Councils

UWCK works in partnership with the Kentucky Governor’s Office of Early Childhood and local Community Early Childhood Councils to improve access to quality childcare and engage parents in their children’s learning. Over the past 3 years, UWCK has contributed to collaborative grant initiatives that brought over $80,000 in funding to our community. Find out about your local Early Childhood Council:

Read Tutor Mentor

Through Read Tutor Mentor caring volunteers working with students of all ages have the power to help kids boost academic achievement and put young people on track for a bright future. There are over 100 children in our community on a waiting list to be paired with someone willing to invest their time in them. Whether you want to volunteer one day, one time, or make a long-term commitment, there are several programs in our community with kids who need you! You can choose to read to a class, read one-on-one with a child who is struggling, help a child with their school work, or just spend time with a child and serve as a positive role model in their life. Contact us to learn more about the local organizations who need you!

Funded Programs

In 2018-2019 United Way of Central Kentucky invested over $238,310 in programs that provide early learning opportunities, supportive relationships, and educational experiences for at-risk children.

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters: $50,000 to provide supportive mentoring relationships to at-risk children.
  • Breckinridge County Schools’ Preschool Program: $5,000 to help preschoolers enter kindergarten ready to learn, support after-school vocational training for middle-schoolers, and to provide career opportunities for special needs students.
  • Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of the Heartland: $50,000 to provide abused and neglected children in the Hardin County court system with trained volunteer mentors who advocate for their best interests and help them find safe, permanent, and loving homes.
  • Elizabethtown Independent Schools’ Panther Place After School Program: $34,000 to provide at-risk students with homework assistance, educational enrichment, physical activities, and family events at Panther Place After-School Program.
  • Grayson County Schools: $6,000 to support United Way Born Learning Academies which engage parents in improving school readiness.
  • Hardin County Schools First Connections: $50,000 to prepare children for kindergarten, conduct educational home visits, and keep teen parents on track to graduate through the First Connections program.
  • Meade County Schools: $10,810 to preschoolers enter kindergarden ready to learn and to support after-school vocational training for middle-schoolers.
  • Mission Hope For Kids: $10,000 to provide an enriching after-school environment for at-risk students.
  • Tri-County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA): $22,500 to provide abused and neglected children in the Breckinridge, Grayson, and Meade County court system with trained volunteer mentors who advocate for their best interests and help them find safe, permanent, and loving homes.