HELPING CHILDREN AND STUDENTS THROUGH EDUCATION
We believe that every child deserves the best possible future, and a good education is the foundation for success in all areas of life. Together with our partners, our goal is to provide each child in McLean County with the opportunity and support necessary to achieve their greatest academic potential. This means ensuring each child starts school ready to learn and graduates prepared for their career.
- Research estimates that for every child who attends high-quality child care, taxpayers can save up to $3,700 per child over his/her K-12 years.
- The average 4-Year graduation rate across McLean County districts was 85 percent in 2013, down from 96 percent in 2009.
- Of the population 25 years and older in McLean County, 42.4 percent of people without a high school diploma live in poverty.
- By 2020, 61 percent of all jobs will require a college degree.
We recognize that education services offered to children and families lie within a chronological continuum that begins at birth. While services offered at any point along the continuum may have benefits, local research identified five key points critical for student success.
- Children enter kindergarten ready to learn.
- Students are reading at grade level.
- Students are promoted to the next grade level each year.
- Students are prepared for their transition to high school.
- Students are graduating from high school.
These outcomes and key indicators are used to evaluate the effectiveness of direct service programs and collective impact initiatives funded under the education area.
2016 Funded Programs
After School Club - Western Avenue Community Center - $25,279
Close The Gap! After School Transition Program - Normal Community High School - $10,087
Community Schools - The Baby Fold - $34,385
Community & School-Based Mentoring - Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Illinois - $64,778
County Outreach for Success in School - Baby Fold - $37,242
Credit Recovery - Unit 5 School District - $17,933
Heartland Head Start Preschool - Heartland Head Start - $78,997
Improving Literacy - Regional Alternative School - $8,941
Living for Literacy - YouthBuild of McLean County - $21,338
Milestones Childcare - Milestones Early Learning Center & Preschool - $117,006
On My Way - Western Avenue Community Center - $11,285
Open Source Credit Recovery - Regional Alternative School - $17,535
Raiders 101 - Bloomington High School - $22,571
Reading Success - Boys & Girls Club - $13,794
RSVP Smart Sprouts Program - YWCA of Mclean County - $4,063
SAME - Project Oz - $114,547
Scott Early Learning Center - Children’s Home + Aid - $14,107
SPICE - Marcftrst - $33,179
Young Wonders Childcare - YWCA of McLean County - $71,098