There’s nothing more important than ensuring our community’s children have what they need to thrive. Whether it’s space in a high-quality preschool or opportunities to engage in activities outside of the classroom, we work to ensure that starting at birth, kids and families have the tools and resources to succeed in school and life, helping them not only survive, but thrive.
Sources: 2023 Kids Count Data Book, aec.org, JCPS Brigance, Louisville Metro Public Health, 2021 U.S. Census American Community Survey, MUW data analysis
What We're Doing Together
- Focusing on PUBLIC POLICY and ADVOCACY for kids and families.
- Leading collaboration of 100+ EARLY CARE and EDUCATION ORGANIZATIONS.
- Equipping families with FREE CHILD DEVELOPMENT SCREENERS with individual evaluations and referrals.
- Offering early childhood educator TRAINING and PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT.
- Supplying BOOK ACCESS and READING PROGRAMS in targeted neighborhoods.
- Providing 111 YOUTH-SERVING ORGANIZATIONS with:
- INVESTMENTS to trusted and effective organizations empowering children outside of the classroom
- TRAINING and PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT for youth leaders/employees.
- MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORTS for youth leaders/employees.
- CAPACITY BUILDING and data supports, including youth outcome data.
- Empowering neighborhood youth groups to identify and work on SOCIAL ACTION PROJECTS that improve their community.
- BUILDING BEDS for kids who need them.
- Creating BARRIER-FREE PATHWAYS for YOUNG BLACK MEN to reach their academic and career goals.
Here are some of the proven, long-standing programs and initiatives as well as innovative solutions that we work together on every day.
Prioritizing educational attainment for school-age youth by focusing on three sectors: school, home, and community.Learn More
Ready for K Alliance
We are the community-wide convener in transforming Early Care and Education, leading the Ready for K Alliance, a coalition of over 100 partners working to align strategies and improve early educational attainment.Learn More
Ages & Stages Developmental Screening Hub
The Developmental Screening Hub is a free program for children 2 months to 5 ½ years of age. The Hub provides parents and caregivers with the opportunity to complete a developmental screening called the Ages & Stages Questionnaire®.Learn More
Louisville Growing Readers
The new Louisville Growing Readers program provides families 100 printed picture books plus parent information in weekly mailings directly to homes.Learn More
Metro United Way recognizes that systemic change and lasting impact require a pairing of powerful programming and transformative policy making.Learn More
Youth Action Committee
Free virtual and in-person tutoring platform. Bridgeway is a tutoring initiative that builds meaningful relationships between students and tutors and curates learning activities that bridge the gaps in learning. Bridgeway is also a training and professional development opportunity for youth workers through the Tutor Certification program with the National Tutoring Association.
On My Way Pre-K
With On My Way Pre-K, 4-year olds from low income families in Southern Indiana can have access to a high-quality pre-k program for FREE the year before they begin kindergarten.Learn More
Young Men United
Launching soon, Young Men United will be designed to create barrier-free pathways for young Black men to reach their academic and career goals by bringing wrap-around supports to youth in our community to and through college graduation.Learn More
Little Free Libraries give neighbors and businesses an opportunity to host libraries in their front yards so that families that might not have easy access to the public library, or have books in their home, can get free books in their own neighborhood.Learn More
Studies have proven a good night’s sleep is vital for a child’s ability to pay attention, learn and succeed in school. Build-a-Bed is a Metro United Way signature initiative primarily in our Southern Indiana region.Learn More
Born Learning Parent Academies
Born Learning Parent Academies help provide valuable resources for families and caregivers that help to educate and promote early childhood development in Shelby County, KY.Learn More
Parent Café and Neighborhood Networks
Neighborhood advocates in targeted areas lead meetings of parents in the ASQ program to talk about being good moms, dads and caregivers as well as challenges and opportunities that come along.Learn More
111 organizations are engaged in the MUW’s Youth Success Network
To date, 25,000 developmental screenings have empowered families to help their children reach their full potential.
MUW has provided 72 hours of training and professional development to 231 individuals representing 56 different organizations
93% of parents agreed that Metro United Way's Ages & Stages developmental screening and the tools received were helpful
13 youth-serving organizations have received additional capacity-building supports
Children of families that complete four or more Ages & Stages screenings are more likely to show up ready on the first day of kindergarten.
It will take all of us working together to ensure every kid in our community thrives. Join us and invest today.