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School year ends but reading effort continues

Author: Nadine Wimmer | May 23, 2014
Chopper 5 landed at a school reading celebration that was an entire year in the making.

United Way of Salt Lake presents annual service awards

Author: Salt Lake Tribune | May 22, 2014
United Way of Salt Lake has presented its annual service awards. Recipients were honored Tuesday at a luncheon at Little America in Salt Lake City.

Paying for success: on the cutting edge in early childhood education

Author: Eric Schulzke | May 9, 2014
Social impact bonds, or as they are often called, “pay for success loans,” are a new concept of blending public purposes with private resources and approaches. The Salt Lake bond is the world’s first focused on early childhood education.

United Way of Salt Lake's Celebration of Service

Author: KUTV.com | May 9, 2014
United Way of Salt Lake's Celebration of Service - A special tribute to those who exemplify what it means to LIVE UNITED

United Way throws soiree for Salt Lake's little ones

Author: ABC 4 Utah | April 23, 2014
The United Way is holding a soiree for Salt Lake's little ones. It’s the organization’s young leader's annual celebration and a fundraiser to raise money for early childhood education.

A new study of Collective Impact efforts

Author: Jeff Henig, Michael Rebell, Carolyn Riehl, Jessica Wolff, & Hilary Rhodes | April 21, 2014
From Syracuse to Salt Lake City to Seattle, cities around the nation are harnessing the forces of local government, nonprofits, business, education, philanthropy, and other institutions to tackle complex community problems such as teen unemployment, high dropout rates, even childhood obesity.

New Cottonwood High School student club bridges cultural gap

Author: Raili Jacquet | April 3, 2014

United Way of Salt Lake engages in public policy advocacy

Author: Strive Together | March 31, 2014
Because no single organization, or single sector, can solve our communities’ most serious problems alone, United Way of Salt Lake engages in public policy advocacy. Advocacy is an essential Collective Impact strategy that helps us achieve our mission and goals.

Senate approves bill to fund preschool with private dollars

Author: Benjamin Wood | Deseret News | March 21, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY — Both chambers of the Utah Legislature have now approved a bill that allows private firms to invest in the early education of at-risk children

United Way of Salt Lake announces service award honorees

Author: Deseret News | March 19, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY — United Way of Salt Lake has announced its Celebration of Service award honorees for 2014. United Way will honor Voices for Utah Children as its Promise Partner; Craig Wagstaff, executive vice president and COO of Questar Gas Co. as Outstanding Volunteer; Workers Compensation Fund as Corporate Partner; Rep. Greg Hughes, R-Draper, will be honored with the President’s Award for Excellence; and Michael Weinholtz of the Weinholtz Family Foundation has been named Compassionate Leader of the Year.

Senate OKs preschool plan for at-risk kids

Author: Amy McDonald | Salt Lake Tribune | March 12, 2014
Some at-risk children in Utah may have more opportunities for preschool education under a bill that passed the Senate 17-10 Wednesday

Study: most nonprofits in Utah run by women

Author: Vince Horiuchi | March 3, 2014
Anne Burkholder believes in fighting racism, empowering women and working for justice and peace. That’s why she has devoted her entire professional career to nonprofit companies and currently is the chief executive officer for the YWCA Utah.

Local organization celebrates Seuss' birthday by reading to children

Author: FOX 13 News | February 28, 2014
Seuss’ birthday may be on Sunday, but the United Way of Salt Lake spent Friday going to local elementary schools to read with students—and their efforts were part of the National Education Association’s Read Across America Day, which is typically set on Seuss’ birthday, March 2.

Utah elementary schools celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday

Author: Jerilyn Stowe | February 24, 2014
Thousands of Utah elementary students will be heard rhyming in unison this Friday as they participate in Dr. Seuss Day, part of the National Education Association’s Read Across America initiative.

County health rankings & roadmaps grants: the early learning network in South Salt Lake, Utah

Author: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation | February 24, 2014
Utah’s Salt Lake County ranks 20th out of 27 counties in social and economic factors. Its high school graduation rate is 72 percent, below the state rate of 76 percent. Approximately 19 percent of the county’s children live in poverty, compared with 16 percent state wide

Debate heating up for school, education funding bills

Author: Benjamin Wood | Deseret News | February 15, 2014
If children from low-income households with little English language ability enter public schools at grade level, the state could save millions of dollars in special education costs and potentially millions more further down the road in crime prevention and rehabilitation.

House passes preschool funding bill for at-risk kids

Author: Bob Bernick | February 11, 2014
There are, perhaps, two or three times during a Utah Legislature when you get a really fine debate – two sides taking positions and slugging it out articulately

House passes bill to fund preschool through private investment

Author: Benjamin Wood | Deseret News | February 11, 2014
A bill to extend preschool to at-risk students through a controversial public-private funding model cleared a major hurdle Tuesday, passing out of the Utah House with a 49-24 vote.

Utah house approves bill to award grants for preschool

Author: Lee Davidson | February 11, 2014
The House on Tuesday voted to create a state program to award grants to schools, families and day-care centers to implement quality preschool curriculum for at-risk kids.

Embattled pre-k bill passes house

Author: Curtis Haring | February 11, 2014
After more than an hour of debate, Representative Greg Hughes (Republican-Draper) was able to successfully pass HB 96, a bill that is designed to allow private investors to contribute funds to pre-kindergarten programs.

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