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. 10.4% of adults in the Cedar Valley do not have a high school diploma. 8.5% 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.

2021-2022 Education Funding Grants

Early Education:

Childcare Support | $18,500
Cedar Valley Preschool & Child Care

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

RSVP Primetime Reading Buddies | $5,000
Volunteer Center of the Cedar Valley

Afterschool & Summer Learning:

Family and School Based Target Education* | $46,700
Ethnic Minorities of Burma Advocacy and Resource Center

YMCA School-Age Care | $12,000
Family YMCA of Black Hawk County

Youth Center | $7,500
The Salvation Army

WE Believe Summer Learning Academy | $28,472.50
Waterloo Community Schools

College & Career Preparation:

Summer Nurse Camp | $5,000
Allen College

iJAG: Bridging the Gap Between High School and Careers | $40,000

Parent & Mentor Support:

Family and School Based Target Education* | $46,700
Ethnic Minorities of Burma Advocacy and Resource Center

Home Visitation Program | $40,000
Operation Threshold

Parents Achieving Success with Support | $13,300
YWCA of Black Hawk County

Wize Girlz | $5,000
YWCA of Black Hawk County

Total Education Grants | $266,272.50

* Denotes program covers more than one focus-area