We all know that a quality education is a key building block for a good quality of life. A good education leads to greater chances for success throughout a person's life.

Cedar Valley United Way is helping children and youth achieve their potential through education by working toward the following goals:

  • Creating productive and engaged young adults
  • Partnering with schools and parents to improve academic achievement in children
  • Creating successful transitions to career and work life

Data tells us that investments we are making are working. But there is room for improvement. 10.2% of adults in the Cedar Valley do not have a high school diploma. 7.4% of households in our community speak a language other than English. Only 69.5% of 4th graders in our community are proficient in reading.

Cedar Valley United Way is strategically investing in education programs that are giving children a stronger educational foundation. We're providing mentors, preschool and child care scholarships, learning opportunities and much more. Below are the programs receiving grant funding in the area of education.

2018-2019 Education Funding Grants

Afterschool & Summer Learning
Great Futures Project | $40,000
Boys & Girls Club of the Cedar Valley

Y Achievement Gap Afterschool Program | $25,055
Family YMCA of Black Hawk County 

Youth Navigator | $20,000
Ethnic Minorities of Burma Advocacy and Resource Center

College & Career Preparation
Summer Nurse Camp | $5,000
Allen College

Transforming At-Risk Students into Future-Ready Graduates | $38,733

Service Learning: Engaging Cedar Valley Students in Lifelong Habit of Service | $5,000
Volunteer Center of the Cedar Valley

Early Education
General Support | $16,500
Cedar Valley Preschool & Child Care

Quality Child Care Services | $44,800
Grin and Grow Ltd. 

Primetime Reading Buddies | $10,000
Volunteer Center of the Cedar Valley

Parent & Mentor Support
One-to-One Mentoring | $68,734
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Iowa

Home Visitation Program | $33,733
Operation Threshold

Total Education Grants | $307,555