This school year, the Steps to Success start with you.

This month, families and students across the region will prepare for the start of a new school year. With the opportunity to make new friends and learn new things, this is an exciting time for both teachers and students.

However, it can also be a stressful and challenging time – particularly for students who have fallen behind in earlier grades, or families struggling to afford safe housing and healthy meals, or teachers that must use money from their paychecks to buy supplies for their students.

As always, United Way is here to help. Education is a huge part of our Steps to Success framework. We are committed to helping students, families, schools and communities start this year off on the right foot.

Helping Your School, Helping Your Community

We all can play a role in helping schools get ready for a new school year – from donating supplies for teachers to buying an extra backpack for a kid in need to signing up to volunteer. Here are some easy ways you can help schools in your community.

Steps to a Successful School Year

Why is a new school year so important? What is United Way doing to support students, schools and communities? Learn more in our four-part series covering everything from pre-K to high school graduation!

Preparing for a New School Year

Every family wants to help their children start the new school year off on the right foot. And we all do as much as we can to make that happen. But are there specific things that we often overlook? We’re talking to four educators from our region to ask what they think are the most important things for parents and families to do to make sure their kids are ready for a new school year. Read the series.

Attendance: A Simple Step to a Successful School Year

One of the easiest and most effective ways to succeed in school is simply showing up. Read our take on the importance of attendance, then use our tools and information to raise awareness in your community.

SingleCare (formerly FamilyWize)

If a student is not receiving appropriate medical care and is not healthy, it is difficult—if not impossible—for that child to succeed in school. Learn more about our partnership with SingleCare (formerly FamilyWize) and what we are doing to ensure everyone has affordable medication.

More back-to-school news and information: