What We Do

Give All Kids Equal Opportunities

Together, we can ensure every child in our community has access to quality early learning experiences prior to kindergarten – setting them up for lifelong success.

What we're up against

Benchmark measurement: In 2022, statewide data showed that only 82.6% of third graders score at or above Maine state expectations for reading.

By tracking these data points over a 10-year period and in collaboration with Impact2032, our goal is to increase the number of 3rd graders scoring at or above state expectations for reading to 87%.

How we make it better

Early brain development is crucial for children to become lifelong learners and successful readers. And the transition from learning to read to reading for comprehension occurs around third grade, marking a critical turning point. If children are not reading at the appropriate grade level by this stage, they are likely to face difficulties in other subjects. Investing in the success of our children is the most significant contribution we can make to the well-being of our entire community.

That’s why United Way of Kennebec Valley invests in programs that ensure all basic health and safety needs can be met to be successful and ready for learning.

Through investments in 16 different education programs across the county, UWKV can provide children and families with resources and opportunities to develop literacy and language skills that support school readiness and promote their social and emotional development.


Literacy & Kindergarten Readiness

Early Social & Emotional Development

Basic Health & Safety Needs Met

Help us give all kids equal opportunities!


United Way of Kennebec Valley partners with 12 agencies specifically to create positive learning experiences throughout our community. UWKV funds one or more programs, through the following organizations, that strive to give all kids equal opportunities throughout Kennebec County.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine

Boys & Girls Clubs of Kennebec Valley

Capital Area New Mainers Project

Children’s Center

Family Violence Project

Kennebec Valley Community Action Program (KVCAP)

Kennebec Valley YMCA

Literacy Volunteers of Kennebec

Maine School Administrative District 11

MaineGeneral Health

Southern Kennebec Child Development Corporation

State YMCA of Maine

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