United Way’s work to improve academic success in Montgomery County focuses on supporting students as they enter and go through school.
F.R.E.D., or Families Reading Every Day, builds literacy skills and gives parents tools and support to make reading with their children part of their everyday routine. In 2016, F.R.E.D. helped 910 parents and children make reading at home a priority.
We know that keeping students engaged during the summer helps them retain, and even gain, learning. In 2015, 50 young people attended Willis Teen Summer Camp, spending the out-of-school months building STEM skills through hands-on science projects, reading, taking educational field trips and having some fun with traditional camp activities like canoeing and horseback riding. We also hosted 24 summer book clubs to keep students engaged in reading over the summer. 94% of parents reported that children chose to read more often after participating in Willis Teen Summer Camp.
While their children were at camp, 82% of parents were able to increase the number of hours they work.
The Montgomery County United Way Women’s Leadership Council provides child care scholarships for young moms who are committed to continuing their education beyond high school.
In 2015, the Young Mothers’ Child Care Scholarship Program helped 13 young moms access quality child care, allowing them to pursue higher education.