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One of our goals at United Way Suncoast is to bring together community partners to advance the goal of all children reading on grade level by third grade. The movement is about ensuring that more children in low-income families succeed in school and graduate prepared for college or a career, and active citizenship.

By volunteering, community members can contribute towards this goal and make a positive impact.



In collaboration with local Early Learning Coalitions, United Way Suncoast supports the key quality components of childcare at selected early childcare centers in Sarasota, DeSoto, and Manatee County. In order to enrich the quality of classroom instruction, participating sites will be offered: curriculum and supplemental educational materials, educational supplies and toys, functional furniture, painting, flooring and exterior beautification projects. Learn More



United Way Suncoast Reading Rooms are designed to bring educational resources and programs to community housing neighborhoods where our ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) families live. This “place-based” neighborhood initiative in Manatee County is designed to reduce barriers to quality education in early learning and youth success, while providing a platform for financial stability resources for families. Volunteers are connected with elementary students who need a little extra support. More details



The Big Plan is a community partnership focused on reducing the number of students testing as not reading on grade level by the end of 3rd grade at 10 Title 1 Manatee Elementary Schools. The attendance zones of these schools have the highest population of families in poverty or that fall into the ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) population in Manatee County. Through our investments, partnerships, collaboration, and volunteerism, we will develop strategies and action plans focused on our children and families within the attendance zones of the 10 schools, while aligning with the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (SCGLR) pillars. Learn More