Education Goal: Increase high school graduation rates
Every child should have a quality education and a chance at a successful life, which is why we work to prepare children to enter and graduate from school. It has to start well before the first day of kindergarten. That's why we put such an emphasis on the importance of early childhood education. Visit the webpage for Success By 6, an initiative of United Way of the Coastal Bend, to learn more about what we're doing for early childhood education in our region.
Why Early Childhood Education and After School Programming is Important
- 90% of a child's critical brain development occurs before age 5
- Reading, singing and talking with a child from a young age leads to a bigger vocabulary, better reading skills and a better chance of success in school
- Increased student engagement and performance in school can help to improve overall educational attainment
- Participation in quality programs also helps to increase student engagement and school connectedness, increases in self-esteem, improved relationships with peers and adults, and declines in negative, risk-taking behavior
In the 2016-2017 fiscal year, we provided grants to 14 area programs providing services that align with the strategies below.
Increase school readiness of children ages 0-5.
Enhance early grade literacy.
Assure quality after-school programming.
Increase leadership and life skills for youth, grades 4-12
Operation Supply Our Students (Operation SOS)
Every year, we partner with H-E-B and KRIS 6 News for Operation SOS–a school supply drive that benefits area schools, grades K-5. Visit the Special Events page in our Annual Report for a full list of schools that received supplies from Operation SOS.