Early Childhood Education Strategies

  • Support high-quality, culturally relevant childcare and PreK initiatives that help children become ready for kindergarten.
  • Support statewide advocacy efforts to help connect public resources to local needs.
  • Lead collaborative planning for universal PreK with local partners.

K-16 Strategies

  • Support conditions for healthy learning, student social-emotional well-being, safety, and extended learning for Akron Public Schools students.
  • Support great teaching and learning through the Educator Initiative Grant program.
  • Support the development of College and Career Academies of Akron.
  • Help our local universities to retain students and to remove financial obstacles from their path.
College & Career Academy of Akron students; Photo by: Shane Wynn
College & Career Academies of Akron

The College and Career Academies of Akron is a PreK-12th grade transformation that supports a different educational experience for the students in the Akron Public Schools.


kids with otter at zoo
Essential Experiences℠

Students visit one of seven local cultural and historical organizations to participate in custom-designed educational programming directly connected to classroom learning.


United Way Bold Goal
Youth Success Summit

Akron is on the cusp of a new and bold vision for connected, engaged and fun extended learning after school, on the weekends, and in the summer for our community’s youth.


STARS program
STARS: Supporting Teachers & Ready Students

STARS supports local childcare centers, demonstrating how effective coaching and training could help improve educational attainment for young children.