Advancing childhood learning

Advancing childhood learning

ACHIEVE UNITED

WHAT WE'RE UP AGAINST

Eighty percent of learning happens outside the classroom. Unfortunately, families struggling to make ends meet often don’t have the time, money, or access to provide these out-of-classroom experiences.

EARLY LEARNING

<50%

of Rhode Island Pre-K children are in school or early-learning programs

READING PROFICIENCY

33%

of Black and Latinx fourth graders are proficient readers, compared to 57% of their white classmates

AFTERSCHOOL WAITING LIST

37,471

Rhode Island kids do not have access to afterschool programs

WHAT WE'RE DOING TO ADVANCE CHILDHOOD LEARNING

Advocating for resources to build literacy

United Way of Rhode Island focuses on inspiring children to fall in love with reading and ensuring that all Rhode Island children walk into the classroom with the tools to learn. To accomplish this, we are mobilizing families and other community members to advocate for more resources for communities that serve a disproportionate number of students not reading at their proper grade level.

This year, we will continue to engage youth to brainstorm activities to improve their schools and communities. We will also explore public/private partnerships and funding to increase literacy levels for Rhode Island children.

Boy wearing a United Way shirt while reading a book.

Advocating for out-of-school time learning

We know that Rhode Islanders are impacted by the environment they live in, and they are impacted by the neighborhoods they live in. We are creating pathways for more youth of color to participate in high quality out-of-school time learning. We are also working to reduce the pathway to prison, using education as a key catalyst.

This year, we’ll be campaigning to secure state funding for out-of-school time learning programs, specifically in areas with the greatest access needs. We will invest in and support programs focused on restorative justice practices, empowering young people, and trauma-informed care.

what our "ACHIEVE UNITED" goals are

READING PROFICIENCY

2x

fourth-grade reading proficiency of Rhode Island’s Black and Latinx children

OUT-OF-SCHOOL TIME LEARNING

+50%

access to and participation in out-of-school time learning in low-income communities

HOW YOU CAN HELP ADVANCE CHILDHOOD LEARNING

Make every hour count for all our kids.

Join

Join the Rhode Island Afterschool Network (RIAN) to stay informed about the issues and learn how you can advocate for more funding for afterschool programs.

Advocate

Contact your local legislator and let them know you support out-of-school time learning and would like to see it supported in the state budget.

GIVE

Your contribution to United Way of Rhode Island will help us continue to expand childhood learning.

IN THE NEWS

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ARPA a payment on bills long overdue

The Providence Journal

"The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) isn’t unexpected good fortune. It’s a past bill that’s overdue after decades of underfunding our communities," shares United Way of Rhode Island's president and CEO, Cortney Nicolato. "It’s also an opportunity to get things right and position our state to thrive for generations to come."

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Members of Forbes Nonprofit Council offer advice on balancing accountability with empathy in the workplace.

Balancing Accountability & Empathy At Work

Forbes Nonprofit Council

"Striking a balance between accountability and empathy is crucial for creating a work environment where employees can thrive... Here, 13 members of Forbes Nonprofit Council, including United Way of Rhode Island's president and CEO, Cortney Nicolato, share their expert tips on maintaining accountability and empathy in the workplace."

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MolinaCares donates $105K to RI nonprofits

Providence Business News

"United Way of Rhode Island received $50,000 from the MolinaCares Accord for its Nonprofit Innovation Lab, designed to promote innovation within nonprofits to create programs focused on housing, health equity and solutions to racial disparity."

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Women United Information Session

Join us noon-1 p.m. at our Women United Information Session. You'll learn ways to get involved as a leadership donor through United Way's Women United group. We will also discuss how this dynamic group of women raise funds each year towards childhood literacy.

Register 

United Way’s 95th Annual Celebration

Join United Way of Rhode Island on Tuesday, October 26 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. for our 95th Annual Celebration. Together, we're celebrating Rhode Island United and honoring our extraordinary community volunteers.

REGISTER

22nd Annual Lights On Afterschool

Join us for the Rhode Island Afterschool Network's 22nd annual Lights On Afterschool celebration. We'll showcase how afterschool programs are closing Rhode Island's achievement gap and explore ways to secure state funding for out-of-school time learning.

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