Our PACT for Education...

By helping children find success at the earliest possible age, we have an opportunity to stop problems before they begin.

United Way of Acadiana’s goal is to see at least 90% percent of students graduate high school on time. Two key factors that can help reach that goal: School readiness and reading at grade level.

Starting school ready to learn gives children the background they need to be academically successful. Programs and activities like the Early Head Start Early Learning Centers, Born Learning and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library expose children to education fundamentals that put them on a path to succeed in school.

And a student’s success is determined early. Children who are unable to read at grade level by fourth grade are four times more likely to drop out of school. United Way Readers are making a difference in early-grade literacy by providing literacy support through extra reading practice – which, in turn, increases their chances of staying in school.

Making strides toward a 90% graduation rate will no doubt have a positive effect on the community. It creates a trained workforce, which can draw new businesses to the area, and that can mean a lower unemployment and crime rates.

By joining the EDUCATION movement, you are helping to advance the common good by creating opportunities for a better life for all. Click here to be a part of the LIVE UNITED movement.

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