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EDUCATION ENDS POLICIES MONITORING (E-3) SEPTEMBER 2018 - AUGUST 2019 LIVE BETTER. LIVE UNITED.


Cover: Early Head Start Transition Ceremony, Lafayette Center, Summer 2019

E-3 EDUCATION : Youth graduate from high school on time. In a single year, more than 47,000 people engaged as part of the United Way of Acadiana movement for education.

RECENT PROGRESS OF GRADUATION RATES IN ACADIA, LAFAYETTE, ST. MARTIN & VERMILION PARISHES Progress Toward Cohort Graduation Rate Goal* 95

2020 Goal

90 85 80 75 70

2015-2016 Acadia Parish

2016-2017 Lafayette Parish

St. Martin Parish

2017-2018 Vermilion Parish

*The Cohort Graduation Rate is a measure based on the percentage of students who enter the ninth grade and graduate four years later.


MOBILIZING RESOURCES UWA PROGRAMMING & PACT PARTNERSHIPS FOR EDUCATION From September 2018 through August 2019, United Way of Acadiana’s PACT partnerships reached 5,542 students in Acadia, Lafayette, St. Martin and Vermilion parishes. A total of $259,250 in PACT grants supported 13 distinct education programs, managed by 12 organizations. These funded partnerships provided support to children in all four parishes of our service area. Services and activities of funded programs are delivered directly to students by PACT partners. Data is collected quarterly from each partner and analyzed along with data from UWA direct service programs to measure overall impact. As part of our strategic goal to help more youth graduate on time, UWA maximizes impact toward this end through the following research-based components:

ONLY A FEW RESULTS FROM UWA AND PACT PARTNERS:

• SCHOOL READINESS • KIDS ON TRACK • ENHANCING ENVIRONMENTS FOR CHILDREN

5,202 children received books through Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library (DPIL) 47,274 age-appropriate books were mailed to children ages 0-5 through DPIL 150 women and children received no-cost, high quality early childhood education through UWA’s Early Head Start programs

110 students enrolled in a school-based health center and were not removed from the learning environment

Over 38,000 students are engaged in 21st century skills through the Leader in Me system

95% attendance rate at our Leader in Me schools 450 children received I Have a Voice sexual violence prevention training 105 parents received social, emotional, and cognitive training for their children 300 children and mothers experiencing homelessness received school uniforms, tutoring and parenting support

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PACT SUCCESS STORY: Reading Readiness Big Brothers Big Sisters Research Based Component: Kids on Track Ten years ago, Anne* and Theresa* were paired through the Reading Readiness program with Big Brothers Big Sisters. Anne had fallen behind in her reading skills and she also needed some support with classmates bullying her. Theresa felt an instant connection and over the school year, Anne got on track with reading, began to love losing herself in a good book, and started to feel more confident all around. Over the next decade, Anne moved through middle and high school, and Theresa found a boyfriend with whom she wanted to spend the rest of her life. Theresa continued to work with Anne, and when it came time to get married, Theresa asked Anne to be in the wedding. Anne was there when Theresa had a baby, and Theresa was there when Anne unexpectedly lost her mom. Reading Readiness began with a goal of Anne becoming a confident student, and grew into a trusting, lifetime friendship.

*names have been changed to protect privacy

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CURRENT STATUS OF SCHOOL ENGAGEMENT LAFAYETTE PARISH Middlebrook Elementary Judice Middle J. Wallace James Elementary Carencro Heights Elementary Milton Elementary Woodvale Elementary Ridge Elementary Ernest Gallet Elementary Youngsville Middle Ossun Elementary Broussard Middle Prairie Elementary Westside Elementary Duson Elementary Scott Middle Acadian Middle Paul Breaux Middle Charles M. Burke Elementary Evangeline Elementary Holy Family School* Lafayette Middle St. Pius Elementary* Carencro Middle Edward J. Sam Accelerated David Thibodaux STEM Edgar Martin Middle Green T. Lindon Elementary L. Leo Judice Elementary Live Oak Elementary Myrtle Place Elementary Billeaud Elementary Truman Early Childhood Ed Center

ST. LANDRY PARISH 2009 2009 2010 2013 2013 2013 2013 2013 2013 2013 2014 2014 2014 2014 2014 2015 2015 2015 2015 2015 2015 2015 2016 2017 2018 2018 2018 2018 2018 2018 2019 2019

Northeast Elementary 2017 Grolee Elementary 2017 Highland Elementary 2017 Lawtell Elementary 2017 Eunice Elementary 2018 Leonville Elementary 2018 Opelousas Head Start 2018 Palmetto Elementary 2018 Port Barre Elementary 2018 Opelousas Middle 2018

ST. MARTIN PARISH St. Martinville Primary Breaux Bridge Jr. High Breaux Bridge Elementary Catahoula Elementary Teche Elementary Cecilia Junior High Breaux Bridge Sr. High

2015 2016 2017 2017 2017 2018 2019

VERMILION PARISH Herod Elementary Eaton Park Elementary Cecil Picard Elementary Gueydan High Kaplan High Leblanc Elementary

2014 2016 2019 2019 2019 2019

ACADIA PARISH Martin Petitjean Elementary 2010 Central Rayne Kindergarten 2012 Ross Elementary 2012 Iota Elementary 2015 Church Point Elementary 2016 Crowley Kindergarten 2016 Rayne High 2016 Armstrong Middle 2017 Crowley Middle 2018 Morse Elementary 2019 South Rayne Elementary 2019

IBERIA PARISH Daspit Elementary^ St. Charles Street Elementary Johnston-Hopkins Elementary

2016 2017 2018

Breaux Bridge High School ribbon cutting, September 2019

* self-funded ^ private funding

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MOBILIZING RESOURCES INNOVATIVE PROGRAMMING FOR SCHOOL READINESS EARLY HEAD START United Way of Acadiana’s Early Head Start School Readiness Goal is that all children attending a complete program year will show 85% improvement in one or more of the essential domains in becoming school ready. This will be calculated from the baseline of the initial assessment administered at the point of entry into the program through the time they transition from the program. Results from the 201819 Teaching Strategies Gold assessments indicated a 91% improvement in one or more of the essential domains of social emotional, physical, language, literacy, cognitive and mathematics development. This percentage exceeded our school readiness goal of children indicating an 85% improvement.

T hes e b enc hmark s are national s t andards f rom professional researchers that indicate expected levels of achievement in demonstrating skills, abilities, and attitudes leading to school readiness. Student s achieved gains from the Fall to Spring assessments in all domains at the local level, with the highest gain in the Literacy domain. Among 78 of the students tested at least three times during the school year, 34 children showed 100% improvement in the Social Emotional domain. 44 children showed 100% improvement in the essential domains of Cognitive, Literacy and Mathematics.

National Level

Teaching Strategies GOLD Early Head Start School Readiness Assessment Data

900

UWA EHS Fall 2018 UWA Winter 2018 Spring 2019 792

789

800 729

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700 614

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Overall School Readiness Goal: All children attending a complete program year will show 85% improvement in one or more essential domains in becoming school ready

During the 2018-19 school year, a total of 150 children and/or pregnant women received services through our program. UWA EHS enrollment priorities include children with disabilities, homeless and children in foster care. Working in partnership with families, we continue to strive to enhance children’s development physically, emotionally, cognitively and socially. 6 EDUCATION


MOBILIZING RESOURCES INNOVATIVE PROGRAMMING FOR SCHOOL READINESS DOLLY PARTON’S IMAGINATION LIBRARY UWA’s Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library prepares children to enter kindergarten ready to learn and succeed by building home libraries with ageappropriate books that become more complex as the child ages. This program provides one high-quality, developmentally appropriate book each month, via mail, at no cost to the families of enrolled children from birth until age five in UWA’s service area.

PARISH

CHILDREN PARTICIPATING AS OF AUGUST 2019

TOTAL CHILDREN IMPACTED TO DATE

Acadia Lafayette St. Martin Vermilion

521 1,287 370 453

3,961 11,330 2,985 3,263

TOTAL

2,631

21,539

UWA’s Women United supports efforts to enhance early learning opportunities for children and increase the overall quality of life for children in Acadiana. Through membership dues, 67 philanthropists raised $36,745 to support Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in 2018-19. In total, membership dues, campaign donations, and special events allowed Women United to contribute the impressive total of $72,315 in order to fund this important early education initiative.

INNOVATIVE PROGRAMMING FOR KIDS ON TRACK UNITED WAY READERS During the 2018-19 school year, 86 volunteer tutors donated 1,720 hours of their time to help 172 firstand second-grade students with additional reading practice through United Way Readers. UWA has many long time Readers. Malise Hebert has been a dedicated Reader since its inception in 2011. A former teacher, Malise is a sought after volunteer, but still finds time to read to four students each week! EDUCATION 7


MOBILIZING RESOURCES INNOVATIVE PROGRAMMING FOR ENHANCING ENVIRONMENTS FOR CHILDREN STUFF THE BUS 22,676 School Supplies Generated for our Local Teachers & Students The Stuff the Bus school supply drive ensures that students enter school with the tools needed to be successful throughout the school year. In August 2019, individuals across Acadiana donated more than 22,676 school supplies, enough to serve 2,520 students. 22 elementary schools in Acadia, Lafayette, St. Martin and Vermilion parishes received backpacks and supply bins. 105 additional backpacks were provided directly to Boys & Girls Clubs of Acadiana, New Hope Community Development of Acadiana, and individuals in need in the community. Backpack deliveries included approximately 600 backpacks to each parish in UWA’s footprint.

INNOVATIVE PROGRAMMING FOR SCHOOL READINESS EARLY EDUCATION DAY IN ACADIANA Louisiana Early Education Day was a focused campaign for business leaders and legislators to increase understanding about and highlight the importance of high quality early care and education for children across our state. Held locally at Gethsemane LaPetite Early Childhood Development Center in February, leaders from across our region listened to educational experts and had the opportunity to read to students. United Way of Acadiana will again be hosting this event in February of 2020.

I report compliance on E-3. September 25, 2019 Troy Cloutier, Interim President / CEO

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