Press release submitted by United Way.|
DAVENPORT -- United Way's local research shows that one in six children enter Kindergarten without the skills necessary to succeed. In low-income neighborhoods, this number jumps to 1 in 4.
In an effort to change these statistics, United Way is releasing a request for proposal for all existing preschool programs in the community to expand capacity for local children. United Way's research indicates that children who attend preschool are significantly more likely to have the skills they need to succeed on the first day of school.
Last year's United Way investment in this effort increased the number of four-year-olds attending preschool in the Quad Cities by five percent.
This year, we're encouraging all providers to apply to this request, including smaller providers who may not be familiar with completing grant applications. To this end, we have a partnership with the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) where local grant experts will help these programs plan and draft their application free of charge.
Possible strategies for the funding include (but are not limited to):
Hiring of staff to create additional classrooms
Providing wrap-around services to extend state-funded preschool services to full-day
Transportation to and from preschool programs
Creating a referral system to help families on a waiting list at one facility fill open slots at another facility
All strategies must serve a minimum of 10 students. Additional information can be found at unitedwayqc.org/yourkids and applications are due by noon on Friday, March 21.
Questions about the grant and requests to sign up for AFP grant-writing assistance can be directed to Alex Kolker, Community Impact Manager, United Way of the Quad Cities Area at 563-344-0339 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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