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Change doesn’t happen alone. Join the fight in Champaign County.

The impact of lacking a high-quality education can start early. Kids who are not strong readers by third grade are less likely to graduate from high school. The consequences stack up from there. High school dropouts are more likely to be arrested, struggle to find employment and face health challenges. With low rates of kindergarten readiness and high rates of chronic absenteeism, the data for our community shows a difficult reality for our kids.


Request for Proposals - Early Grade Level Success

Success in life begins with a quality education. And yet, many Champaign County children and youth enter school unprepared, lacking the support they need to strengthen their literacy and math skills and stay on track in school. Ultimately this leads to fewer students graduating high school and finding a career.

Today, United Way of Champaign County is announcing a bold goal to change the statistics. To build a community where every child can achieve their full potential, we must start with early education.


Supporting K-12 Students & Families

The end of August is back to school time for the kids of Champaign County. This year looks very different from the past.

For those families who are returning to the classroom, safety precautions and new schedules have been a lot to manage. With family budgets stretched thin by the pandemic, school supplies may be out of reach for many. And a majority of the students in our community will not be returning to the classroom, instead participating in distance learning.


15 Simple Activity Ideas for Kids, Ages 3-5

Keep young kids engaged while they're at home

United Way of Champaign County invests in quality early childhood education programs in our community. We provide tools and resources that teach parents and caregivers facts and best practices for different ages and stages of a young child’s life. From Getting Ready for Kindergarten Calendars to Born Learning Trails and our many early education grants, we provide information that helps ensure all kids get a strong start. 


COVID-19 Relief Fund helps 8,600 students continue learning

Students from Champaign Unit 4 and Urbana Unit 116 school districts are receiving the home learning supplies they need thanks to a $4,000 grant distribution from the Champaign County COVID-19 Relief Fund and a $1,000 donation from the CU Schools Foundation. 

Loose-leaf paper, composition notebooks, pencils, manual pencil sharpeners, pens, folders, colored pencils, crayons, rulers, glue sticks and note cards are being provided to students to support at-home learning activities.