Our Work » EDUCATION
United Way research revealed 1.2 million New Jersey households are unable to afford life’s basic necessities, including the high cost of quality early education programs. In our region, 22 percent of households are working hard but are still struggling to make ends meet, a population we call ALICE® - Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed.
As a community, we must rally together to do everything we can to prepare our kids for success in school and life. The research is promising: Studies suggest that quality early education increases achievement for lower-income children, making them better prepared for kindergarten and beyond.
And research proves when students are engaged and have strong social and emotional skills, test scores increase and disciplinary issues decrease. Providing our youth with positive school environments where they can develop key social and emotional skills will ensure they are able to thrive in the future workplace.
We provide the critical foundation – from birth through high school – that makes it possible for the region’s youth to reach their greatest potential and face a future of limitless opportunity. We do this important work by looking beyond temporary fixes to find solutions that result in long-term, sustainable change for individuals and families. Everything we do is to help ALICE at three key points – now, in the near term, and with an eye to a better and more stable future.
Click here to see how United Way Success By 6® prepares children to learn.
Click here to learn how United Way Youth Empowerment Alliance supports youth in schools.