A key part of our mission is to advocate for the public policy positions that support the work we’re doing. We hope you will take the opportunity to consider these issues and we look forward to working with you to help guide more Hoosiers on the path to self-sufficiency. View Agenda »


Education -- The Best Path Out of Poverty

We know that education is the most effective way to break the cycle of poverty because 90% of the jobs in today’s workforce require some college training. United Way is working with schools, agencies, and other community partners to ensure that Central Indiana children are given every opportunity to learn and succeed.

According to longitudinal research, at-risk children who do not receive high-quality early education are:

  • 25% more likely to drop out of school.
  • 40% more likely to become a teen parent.
  • 60% more likely to never attend college.
  • 70% more likely to be arrested for a violent crime.

For these reasons and others, United Way of Central Indiana strongly encourages Indiana’s policymakers to act now to implement public pre-K for low-income children in a mixed-delivery system utilizing high-quality private child care programs and public schools.

We’re seeing success in our advocacy and investments!

  • High quality child care and early learning – 50 centers reached Level 1 or higher of Paths to Quality (Indiana’s rating standard) by June 30, 2013. Also, the first child care ministry in the state of Indiana achieved the highest level -- 4.
  • Volunteer reading, tutoring and mentoring – Last year, over 1,000 ReadUP tutors helped kids improve their reading and life skills. As a result, children improved their reading skills by more than 30 percent over their peers not in ReadUP. In addition the program achieved a 98 percent satisfaction rating by volunteers, teachers and students.
  • Meaningful afterschool programs and activities – Last year over 222,000 children participated in UWCI funded programs and organizations.
  • Positive youth development activities - Last summer we supported over 45,000 children to participate in summer camps and experiences.

Join us in advocating for services and legislation that support sufficient education and quality child care for ALL in Central Indiana. Learn more about our legislative priorities in our 2017 Public Policy Agenda