Children’s earliest experiences – before they even enter school – can determine their ability to succeed for the rest of their lives. Early access to quality education is essential to promoting their development and learning into the future.
To ensure strong communities, it is imperative that all our nation’s students graduate from high school prepared for post-secondary education or the workforce. This preparation starts early, with access to affordable, high-quality child-care and early learning opportunities so that children enter school ready to learn. Elementary and secondary school students must have access to a challenging, well-rounded curriculum and wraparound supports, such as afterschool and summer learning programs. And because a high school diploma is not sufficient in today’s knowledge economy, every young adult should have the opportunity to pursue a quality degree or credential, even as higher education costs continue to rise and despite the barriers to entry and completion that exist for low-income students.
Our Funded Community Partners
United Way provides funding for early childhood success by providing the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, to encourage and develop early literacy skills. We provide mentoring and character building opportunities for students through 4-H, Boy Scouts, and Communities In Schools. And we support students experiencing food scarcity through CIS' and Hearts and Hands' Back Pack Pals programs. In addition, we provide resources for students beyond high school through the Robeson Community College Foundation's "Pathways to Success" scholarships and annual scholarships to PSRC students at Project Graduation.