Developing a strong foundation for life

When you raise your hand for Education, you help children build the skills necessary to succeed in school and in life.

  • Early learners will be well prepared to enter school
  • School-age children will improve academic & personal skills
  • Caregivers will be supported with tools to help children thrive

Your Support of United Way Helps:

  • Increase language, literacy & math skills
  • Enhance skills that yield positive behaviors
  • Provide early intervention for kids who need it
  • Improve home & care environments

It’s a Fact

Researchers estimate that children without basic reading skills by the start of fourth grade are four times less likely to graduate from high school

A Profile of Third-Grade Proficiency in Erie County


A Profile of Third-Grade Proficiency in Erie County













Collaborations in Education

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Birth to 8 Coalition
Helping children grow intellectually, physically, socially & emotionally


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Closing the Gap in Student Performance
Improving academic success of students in Buffalo Public Schools by addressing non-academic barriers to learning


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Afterschool Network
Strengthens the WNY out-of-school-time community through advocacy, collaboration & education