The focus on Education means ensuring that children and youth have the opportunities they need to learn, grow and succeed. One of the aspirations is to increase the number of youth who complete high school. This is a proven indicator that increases the likelihood of achieving economic success, and decreases the chances of someone falling into poverty. Right now, a quarter of youth in the Capital Region do not graduate high school within five years. That has to change, and it has to start early. Every baby and toddler should reap the benefits of early development; and every child and youth should have the supports they need to prepare for, and then be successful, at school - with their families, teachers and mentors included in the circle of support. 

67,162 people were helped through United Way investments

32 United Way Funded Programs & Partnerships helped:

  • 7,259 people in Early Childhood Development
  • 6,637 people with School Readiness Programs
  • 48,684 with Success in School
  • 4,582 people through Out of School Programs.

Of those people:

  • 4,262 participants chose to identify as Aboriginal
  • 4,275 participants chose to identify as an Immigrant and/or Refugee

How we do it.

United Way invests in our region's success by providing funding where the need is greatest. Our strategy is 100% local, shaped specifically for the Alberta Capital Region and impacts families right here in our community.

Early Childhood Development

United Way invests in several programs and initiatives that increase access to quality early childhood learning and care opportunities, to enhance development and support healthy parent-child attachment.

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Out of School Programming

Children who participate in positive activities during this critical time demonstrate improved school performance. United Way focuses on providing quality out-of-school programs and improving access and participation for children and youth in these programs.


School Readiness

Low-literacy skills impact all aspects of a person's life. United Way invests in family literacy training programs to increase parent and caregiver understanding of the importance of a language rich environments for child development. 

Success in School

United Way investments ensure students have access to the supports they need to thrive in school and, identifies students at risk of disengaging from school and supports activities to re-engage them in their education. 

I have to thank my daughter’s teacher and all of the assisting staff for helping my amazing little girl. I am so thankful for all of their input and help with her education and growth... The leaps and bounds of difference with my child’s speech is amazing.
— Parent of program participant.