United Way works to end America’s education crisis

Education is the cornerstone of individual and community success. But with more than 1.2 million children dropping out each year, America faces an education crisis. The cost? More than $312 billion in lost wages, taxes and productivity over their lifetimes. These trends are reversible, but only when communities and public, private and nonprofit sectors work together.

At United Way of Central Jersey we're engaging the commuity to support youth by volunteering and by improving access to quality, affordable child care and early learning opportunities.  We're working with schools and parents to improve graduation rates and by helping to provide after-school and mentoring programs for at-risk youth.

More Successful Students

United Way of Central Jersey works to address low literacy rates among academically disadvantaged children:

  • United Way Home Visitors take materials into the homes of qualified young children to train their caregivers to stimulate brain development and encourage early literacy
  • Summer literacy programs, reading kits for children to take home to keep and reading mentors help improve school success
  • Programs like the "Summer Sprouts" program with an area school showed that 50% of children improved their reading scores and more children retained what they had learned the prior academic year
  • Children enrolled in high quality pre-shool programs are 30% more likely to graduate from high school.


How You Can Help

To reach our goal, we need your help. The strategies proven to work are those that connect communities to their schools: parent involvement; literacy volunteers in the classroom; mentors for disadvantaged students; business leaders engaged in early childhood advocacy. Volunteer to help

Sponsor programs like "Summer Sprouts" to alleviate summer learning loss.

Host a Day of Caring event - you can create literacy, art supply or STEM kits, read to children in area schools and pre-k programs or engage in other activities to support early learning in Central Jersey.