Our Goal
That families have equitable access to the opportunities and resources that support their education, so all children grow up healthy to succeed in school and life.

Our Strategy
As part of our vision of a community where all children have a strong foundation for success in school and life our approach includes health, education, and financial stability. To achieve this goal we partner with and support organizations in our community that provide equitable resources and opportunities that help uplift and support local families.


​Studies show that children who enter kindergarten without early social, math, and literacy skills will likely remain behind their peers throughout their education.  ​Every dollar invested in high-quality birth-to-five early childhood education for disadvantaged children delivers a 13% annual return on investment, significantly higher than the 7-10% return delivered by preschool alone.

Our Early Education Initiative
Strong Prepared and Ready for KindergartenSPARK (Strong, Prepared And Ready for Kindergarten) collaboration has proven that the best way to help communities thrive is to ensure that children, birth-to-five years old, have equitable access to early childhood resources and education. We strive to ensure that young children are guided, supported, and nurtured in their early learning.

For this reason, Fox Valley United Way is committing its resources to promote positive early childhood outcomes and experiences.

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Our Reading Partnership
Kendall County Dolly Parton's Imagination Library - Every month, children enrolled in the program receive in the mail a free high-quality, age appropriate book from birth to age five.


Other Areas of Educational Impact Include:

Scholarship Funding through Waubonsee Community College Foundation to support local students who are pursuing an early childhood degree, addressing the teacher shortage in the field of early childhood. 


Grantmaking to programs that support positive outcomes for children birth to five years old.


Bright by Text provides invaluable information from early childhood experts on topics including developmental milestones, brain development, mental health and resilience, social-emotional competence, STEM, language and literacy, nutrition, health and more.

The Equation


Build a scaffolding of support