Archive for Tuesday, January 10, 2012

United Way outlines strategies for helping student performance in Douglas County

January 10, 2012, 5:09 p.m. Updated January 11, 2012, 11:20 a.m.


Efforts to help students succeed in school are getting an infusion of more than $400,000 from the United Way of Douglas County.

The organization this week revealed its action plans for education, one of three community goals developed during the past 18 months.

Specifically, the United Way plans to invest $405,648 for 2011-12 to help improve student performance in three categories: kindergarten readiness, reading and math proficiency for fifth-graders, and high school graduation rates.

Among specific initiatives to be financed by the education-targeted money from United Way:

• Hire two part-time academic coordinators for the Boys and Girls Club, to help support instructional assistance for the more than 1,300 students who attend after-school programs in Lawrence.

• Provide coaching for early-childhood educators, through the Douglas County Child Development Association, regarding social and emotional instruction for toddlers and preschoolers.

• Support for licensed child-care centers, in-home day cares and others to participate in a standardized rating system to help consumers identify quality operators.

The United Way is committing $405,648 of its anticipated $1.7 million campaign total toward the educational efforts, ones identified through a collaborative approach among United Way agencies and others.

The objective: Focus everyone’s efforts on shared outcomes, ones intended to help the area’s students succeed from preschool through high school.

“The money is targeting the goal,” said Erika Dvorske, president and CEO of the United Way of Douglas County.


oliveoyl 2 years, 3 months ago

Sounds like an initiative that many non-profits already do and/or pigeonholes other agencies into areas they don't necessarily work in.

I'm all for the United Way, as many services wouldn't be around if UW didn't exist, but as an annual giver and a non-profit employee I'm not a fan of the way UW is changing across the nation to introduce their Community Impact Goals. In my opinion, it seems desperate and a way for UW to stay relevant in a bad economy. All it does is create redundancies while it defunds other non-profits.

I two cents...


mriley 2 years, 3 months ago

Sounds like 3 good steps to help achieve the objectives that were identified in the public surveys completed by the United Way. I feel confident about how my United Way donation is being used!


toe 2 years, 3 months ago

The United Way is just another government sponsored entity.


Alceste 2 years, 3 months ago

Where is this money coming from?

What is the wage and benefit package for Erica Dvorske? That is....How Much Money Do This Woman Get Paid? Health Care benefits? Sick leave benefits? Vacation benefits? Long/Short term disability benefits? Retirement benefits?

Remove the drapery from the Wizard of Lawrence, Kansas United Way, please.


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