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Education – Mobilizing resources,
facilitating partnerships and
eliminating educational barriers to
lifelong success

Community Relevance

Research shows that disadvantaged kids start school two more more years behind their peers. Out of 50 children who are struggling with reading skills in kindergarten, 44 of them will still be struggling in 3rd grade. Furthermore, grades and absenteeism by 3rd grade can predict dropout rates with 90% accuracy. A high school graduate will earn on average 74% more over a lifetime, compared to a high school dropout. 

Therefore, United Way believes we must give our children the tools to:

- Start school ready to succeed
- Read proficiently in 3rd grade
- Make a successful transition to middle school
- Graduate from high school on time
- Be ready for success in college, work and life

Supporting Statistics 

  • In 2009 the graduation rate in all of Tippecanoe County was 84.2%

  • In the spring of 2010 71.6% of 3rd graders and 69.8% of 8th graders passed the ISTEP English/Language Arts assessment 

  • 74.5% of 8th graders passed the ISTEP Math test

  • 63.8% of 6th graders passed the ISTEP Science test

What United Way of Greater Lafayette is Doing

Reading Buddies education initiative
Read to Succeed Community Commitment to Education initiative
Kindergarten Countdown Camp

What Our Participating Organizations are Doing

- 83% of Head Start students at Bauer Family Resources who started kindergarten
  in the fall of 2009 were at the same or higher academic level than their higher
  socioeconomic peers.

- Of the four and five year olds assessed in May 2009 at Tippecanoe County Child
 Care, Inc., 92% are at or above expectations for their grade level. 

- Of the nearly 100 students at Lyn Treece Boys and Girls Club who participate in
 Mitch's Kids academic program, 92% feel this program helps them do better in

- There were 459 positive, caring, adult mentors matched with at-risk youth in
 Tippecanoe County through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Wabash Valley. 
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