Community Impact on Education

Education is the cornerstone of individual and community success. But with more than 1.2 million children dropping out each year, America faces an education crisis. The cost? More than $312 billion in lost wages, taxes and productivity over their lifetimes. These trends are reversible, but only when communities and public, private and nonprofit sectors work together.

The United Way of DeKalb County supports local programs that provide educational opportunities on a cradle-to-career continuum.

Your contribution has allowed us to provide funding to these United Way Partner Agency programs in 2015 serving youth and families in the following areas:

Early Education: aims to increase the number of children who enter school ready to succeed and achieve developmental milestones.

  • Garret-Keyser-Butler Head Start/Early Head Start - Head Start provides a variey of services including part-day preschool, home-based program services for pregnant women, infants and toddlers, health services including dental health, mental health and nutrition services, parent education, and social services.  UW funds assist these programs to reach 259 pregnant women, infants, and children. They are a Paths to Quality Level 4 childcare provider. 
  • Judy A. Morrill Recreation Center Early Education was able to impact 159 children through the support of the United Way. Enveloped in an environment of child-focused learning and developmental activities, 100% of the parents feel that JAMEE is helping their children develop needed skills. They are a Level 1 Paths to Quality (awaiting inspection for Level 2).
  • YMCA of DeKalb County Indiana is a Paths to Quality Level 3 childcare center that provided quality care and offered financial assistance to 127 youths ages 0 to 12.

Support for Children and Families: supports success within the family unit and encourages improvement in cognitive, social and/or physical skills among children.

  • Children First Center Healthy Families reported 100% of newly enrolled families and those with subsequent pregnancies have received safety training. Safety training includes Car Seat Safety, Shaken Baby Syndrome, Post Partum Depression, SIDS, Cosleeping, Alternatives to Physical Discipline, Preventing Falls, Preventing Poisoning, and Preventing Drowning, and Being Aware of Who Is Watching Your Child. 21 newly enrolled DeKalb families received safety training in 2015.
  • Children First Center HOME (Helping Others Meet Expectations) program provided family preservation and reunification services for children in families considered at risk for abuse and neglect. 98% of families actively reinforced positive behavior and address negative behavior in 2015. 
  • Northeastern Indiana CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) DeKalb County volunteers provided a voice for 30 children ages birth to 18 years old who were involved in judicial proceedings as a result of abuse, neglect, or were at risk due to domestic situations such as volatile custody disputes.

Youth Development: focuses on increasing the number of children who succeed in school and experience healthy emotional and social adjustment.

  • Anthony Wayne Area Council, Boy Scouts of America provides fun, adventure, and character building programs to 160 Cub Scouts, 76 Boy Scouts, 5 Venture Scouts, and 6 Explorers in DeKalb County, regardless of their family’s financial position.
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana is currently serving 44 children in DeKalb County through one-to-one mentoring and the Bigs in School: School Buddies program.
  • Butler Youth Evangelical Association (The Filling Station) provided recreation, fellowship, and moral guidance 568 individual children that attended over 9,270 times throughout 2015, with over 9,270 meals served!
  • Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana-Michiana worked to develop leadership skills for over 161 girls in DeKalb County last year. Dollars are used in part to provide financial assistance for those in need, including national membership fees, event and activity fees, and volunteer training and support.
  • YWCA Northeast Indiana educated 25 incarcerated women who voluntarily participated in domestic violence support groups and were provided information on breaking the cycle of unhealthy relationhips.  YWCA also reached 800 adolescents and teenagers attending publice schools throughout DeKalb County through the Prevention Education programs and services.