United Way of Martin County invests in local programs that ensure affordable, quality childcare and after-school care and availability of early education and improve and expand literacy programs serving all populations and schools.
Why does it matter? We know that education leads to higher wages and is critical for financial stability. Education is linked to lower unemployment, less poverty and less reliance on public assistance, as well as better physical and mental health and fewer crimes. Children who aren't ready for kindergarten have less chance of achieving readying proficiency in third grade, which increase the chance they will drop out of high school.
The following programs are funded under United Way's Education priority area:
Caring Children/Clothing Children
Provides clothing at no cost to at-risk children/families in need due to financial hardship and instructs children in reading and literacy skills.
Girl Scout Leadership Experience
Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida
Comprehensive program providing opportunities for girls to encourage character development, citizenship, volunteerism and leadership skills.
Increasing School Readiness
Hobe Sound Early Learning Center
Focuses on school readiness for the entire family through updated, research-based curriculum, increased staffing to allow for more individualized instruction, and parent involvement activities.
Hibiscus Children’s Center
Provides a comprehensive approach to improve educational outcomes for abused and neglected children residing in the Martin County shelter.Paws to Read
Humane Society of the Treasure Coast
Motivates children to read more, read better and improve their fluency of the English language by using specially trained dogs.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County
Provides resources for school-aged children through daily after-school and summer programs to increase educational skills.
School Readiness and Early Intervention
Gertrude Walden Child Care Center
Provides a developmentally age-appropriate educational experience for children and their families to address educational barriers and transition toward school readiness.
Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin Counties
Provides at-risk youth with volunteer mentors who serve as positive role models.
Summer Slide Prevention
Maintain or improve reading proficiency in 500 low performing students, kindergarten through third grade.