Collaborative programs in our “Education Priority” wrap children and adults in a blanket of resources beyond just a single service, providing them with a better chance to be successful. This is the rationale behind CAUW’s move to invest in collaborative programs beginning in 2019. 

In the priority area of “EDUCATION,” our goal is to help children succeed and achieve their educational potential through high-quality, affordable learning opportunities that enable them to build social and emotional capacity, physical and motor skills and language and cognitive skills. Specific outcomes include entering school ready to learn academics or successfully transitioning from elementary to middle to high school, resulting in graduation. Below are the collaborative programs that received investment of United Way dollars for the fiscal year 2019-2020:


Education Collaborative #1:

Engaging Families in Early Literacy (EFEL)

Lead Agency:     Ingham Great Start Collaborative                                             

Partners:             Islamic Society of Greater Lansing 

                             Refugee Development Center

                             South Lansing Ministries

                 WKAR Public Media


This initiative focuses on increasing the understanding of early literacy and the law throughout mid-Michigan. According to Ingham County Kids’ Count data, 3rd graders reading proficiency on the English Language Arts Assessment shows 52% of 3rd graders in the Ingham Intermediate School District area are NOT proficient. Reading proficiency impacts high school graduation, college and career readiness, workforce development and socioeconomic outcomes, all of which are critical to our community. The low proficiency rate indicates there is a crisis throughout mid-Michigan and a collaborative effort across the community can address this issue. Numerous approaches will be undertaken in this collaborative: The EFEL will create awareness to mobilize the community on increasing reading proficiency and will focus on parents’ success as their child’s first teacher. Families will be empowered with materials and direct support services demonstrating how to help their child achieve proficiency standards in language and literacy skills and engage more deeply in the child’s education. To galvanize greater support around the reading crisis, a documentary illustrating its impacts will be produced and used to host community dialogs and public action forums for continued improvements.


Goal: To help children and youth succeed in life.


Outcomes: Parents/caregivers are successful as their child’s first educator and are informed, involved and engaged in their student’s learning. Parents increase their knowledge on how to help their child develop and learn by reading at home and volunteering in the classroom.



Education Collaborative #2:

Project PEACE (Providing Emotional Academic Cultural Excellence)

Lead Agency:     Resolution Services of Central Michigan

Partners:             Child and Family Charities

                             Communities In Schools of Michigan

                              Refugee Development Center


This four-agency collaborative will address the needs of our community’s most vulnerable children through “integrated student support services.” The goal is to keep children with a high risk of adverse childhood experiences (and who qualify as economically disadvantaged families), in school by addressing their socioeconomic roadblocks and providing supports that enable them to be ready to learn and lead a healthy lifestyle. Lansing School District children will successfully continue their education by addressing detrimental issues through conflict resolution, mental health counseling, individual/case management and basic needs assistance. Services will be provided to the entire school population and include specialized support for immigrant and refugee populations. 


Goal: Help children and youth succeed in life.


Outcome: Children are ready to learn and thrive in kindergarten and beyond. Children will have access to basic need/school supplies and access to supportive services (language, counseling and conflict resolution), meet or exceed average days of attendance and meet or exceed expectations in social and emotional development based on the SEAD (social, emotional, academic development) assessment tool.