Building educational success

United Way of Metropolitan Nashville’s goal is to enable all children to succeed in their educational journey. This happens when we are able to give them access to books, prepare them for kindergarten, and instill a love for learning. Each of the steps along United Way’s education pathway are strategic in building a child’s chances for educational success, and combating the challenges that often impede that progress. In 2016, 39% of investments were earmarked toward education strategies in our community. Last year, United Way funded 28 programs within 22 parter agencies in the area of education. 

The Education Pathway

1.1 million books distributed between 2010-2015
Less than 1/2 of TN 3rd and 4th graders are reading on grade level*
4,300 students have graduated from 2010-2015
3rd grade reading level is an indicator of future success*
20,000 donated books from 2010-2015
1,000 volunteers from 2010-2015
11 school-based locations
18 total locations
28,600 students received backpacks full of school supplies from 2010-2015
3,000 volunteers from 2010-2015 Children not reading on grade level by 3rd grade are 4x less likely to graduate*
focused on education and social-emotional learning
29% of those who do not have a high school diploma live in poverty*
Read to Succeed
Read to Succeed

Read to Succeed focuses on building literacy and social-emotional skills for at-risk preschoolers.More Details

Imagination Library of Middle Tennessee
Imagination Library of Middle Tennessee

The Imagination Library of Middle Tennessee provides one book per month to children from birth to age five at no cost to families.More Details

Education Funded Programs
Education Funded Programs

United Way funds 28 programs within 22 partner agencies focused on education.More Details