We can’t focus on high school alone. High school dropouts are 12 years in the making, usually starting early childhood education behind schedule. United Way's model focuses on supportive communities, effective schools and strong families — strategies and approaches rooted in research. Tackling the education challenge requires reframing education on a birth to 21 continuum.
Success in life begins with education. And yet, millions of children and youth lack the support they need to strengthen their literacy, stay on track in school, graduate high school and find a career. Research shows that 90% of a child's brain develops in the first five years of life. That is why United Way of McMinn & Meigs Counties work with partners, schools, child care providers, preschools and afterschool providers to help children start school ready to succeed.