2016 Education Priorities and Strategic Investment Plan

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United Way of Central Illinois advances the common good by focusing on protecting services vital to the immediate basic needs of the most vulnerable members of our community; while making long term investments in education, financial stability and health, because these are the building blocks for a good quality of life.

We bring together people and organizations from all across the community who bring the passion, expertise and resources needed to get things done. UWCIL accomplishes this goal by targeting resources to a determined set of priorities that were selected and are continuously reviewed by Vision Councils with the help of the community, requiring consistency in outcome measurement and striving towards community wide shared metrics, and gradually increasing the proportion of funding directed toward BIG community change.

Below is information regarding United Way’s Strategic Investment Plan and Community Priorities for education. The Strategic Investment Plan and related information outline a multi-year funding plan that was developed in partnership with community leaders and service providers which will track community level indicators and the effectiveness of United Way funded programs.

United Way and its partners identified priorities, strategies and aligned outcomes to direct our work. Together, we identified and are working toward key indicators of success. We hold ourselves and our partners accountable to achieving success by using concrete metrics, based on local, state and federal data to measure our progress. We will adjust our programs and approaches as needed to ensure that we are making the most effective use of available resources.

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Education Priorities

early_childhood_education_iconChildren enter Kindergarten prepared with the skills needed to succeed.

Measuring Community Progress:

  • Number of children, ages 0-5, achieving appropriate developmental milestones prior to entering Kindergarten will increase
  • United Way Strategies

    Strategy 1: At-risk children have access to high-quality/evidence based home visiting experiences/interventions

    Strategy 2: At-risk children are enrolled in ongoing high quality/evidence based preschool experiences


    middle_school_education_iconChildren reach academic milestones on time and successfully transition to middle school

    Measuring Community Progress:

    • Number of children achieving on-time grade performance in 3rd grade reading will increase
    • Number of children achieve on-time grade performance in 5th grade math will increase
    • Number of children who are chronically truant will decrease

    United Way Strategies

    Strategy 1: At-risk children will have supports to help them achieve on time 3rd Grade Reading and/or 5th Grade math skills

    Strategy 2: At-risk children will have supports to help them improve their social-emotional development


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    Children transition to high school and develop the skills needed to graduate on time with a plan for success after high school

    Measuring Community Progress:

    • Number of documented behavioral incidents will decrease
    • Number of children achieving on-time grade performance will increase
    • Number of children who are truant will decrease
    • Number of children who have a plan for success after high school will increase
    • Number of freshman on track will increase
    • Percentage of high school graduates will increase

    United Way Strategies

    Strategy 1: At-risk children will have supports to help them achieve on time academically

    Strategy 2: At-risk children will have supports to help them improve their social-emotional development

    Strategy 3: At-risk children will have a plan for after high school and will achieve plan benchmarks


    Download a full copy of the Strategic Investment Plan of Education

    Additional information, including application information for programs interested in applying can be found here.