Education and Literacy

United for Schools

Program Mission

Increasing literacy and grade-level reading by nurturing school-community partnerships, developing parent advocates, and linking essential resources that serve both children and their families.

How The Program Works

Mile High United Way fosters partnerships between districts, schools, and families. By supporting family engagement, out-of-school programming, and a whole child approach, we are helping more students improve their literacy and grade-level reading skills.

Mile High United Way is increasing literary and grade-level reading for students across Metro Denver.

We promote whole family engagement through coordinating family literacy events, supporting parent/caregiver leadership meetings, and facilitating group discussions about literacy and attendance.

Mile High United Way recognizes the barriers to student attendance and engagement (such as unstable housing, food insecurity, and lack of transportation). We invest in programs that offer holistic, wraparound support to ensure students have everything they need to stay engaged in the classroom.

We invest in out-of-school time (OST) providers to create quality programming and ensure children have wholistic care that provides both academic and social-emotional support — which has been proven to strengthen literacy for students.

How The Program Works

Mile High United Way fosters partnerships between districts, schools, and families. By supporting family engagement, out-of-school programming, and a whole child approach, we are helping more students improve their literacy and grade-level reading skills.

PARENT & CHILD ENGAGEMENT
We promote whole family engagement through coordinating family literacy events, supporting parent/caregiver leadership meetings, and facilitating group discussions about literacy and attendance.
WHOLE CHILD SUPPORT
Mile High United Way recognizes the barriers to student attendance and engagement (such as unstable housing, food insecurity, and lack of transportation). We invest in programs that offer holistic, wraparound support to ensure students have everything they need to stay engaged in the classroom.
OUT-OF-SCHOOL PROGRAMMING
We invest in out-of-school time (OST) providers to create quality programming and ensure children have wholistic care that provides both academic and social-emotional support — which has been proven to strengthen literacy for students.
Promoting literacy and grade-level reading to strengthen the path to academic success for students in Metro Denver

Why GRADE-LEVEL READING MATTERS

Reading proficiently by the third grade is essential to a child’s long-term academic success. Third grade is when children make the crucial switch from learning to read to reading to learn.

Students who are not keeping up their peers are more likely to fall further behind. By addressing the issue holistically across districts, schools, and families, we can help more students build a strong foundation for future learning and achievement.

IMPACT AT A GLANCE

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Our Stories

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Mile High United Way’s United for Schools program has been helping families and students overcome the digital divide since the onset of the pandemic and our work continues to be urgently needed in 2021.

March 25, 2021

Mile High United Way and Comcast are working together to bridge the digital divide by providing technology resources and educational training to families. Learn more!

February 16, 2021
Program Goals

OUR 2025 GOALS

Implement new literacy enhancement opportunities at each of our partner schools, reaching at least 600 students.

Engage up to ten community partners and experts per year to increase school attendance, parent engagement, and out of school supports.

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