Our Work

2019 Update

At United Way, we are committed to creating a community where children and families have every opportunity to succeed. One way we do this is through the Campaign for Grade Level-Reading (CGLR).

Nationally the CGLR is a partnership between schools, municipalities, businesses, and community organizations to rally behind a coordinated effort to ensure all youth are reading on grade level by the end of third grade, a critical milestone and predictor of on-time high school graduation.

Our United Way and the Coalition for New Britain’s Youth play a leadership role in grade level reading campaigns in Hartford and New Britain.

Launched in 2012, our core strategies include promoting early learning and school readiness, consistent school attendance and preventing summer learning loss. We also support efforts to build literacy skills both in and out of school.

On this page you will find resources to help the youth in your lives succeed, which will be updated regularly.

Take Action:

Together, we all can play a role in helping children learn how to read. Want to get involved? Here’s how you can help:

  • Save the date for United Way Day of Action. Volunteer to support access to free summer meals and learning opportunities. June 21, 2019.
  • Talk to children! Learning starts at birth, and talking, reading and singing with children can help them develop early literacy skills. Click here to learn more.
  • Spread the word about the importance of school attendance.

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Attendance Matters. Kids can’t learn when they are not in school, below are ways that you can take action in your community to ensure that we keep kids learning all year-round:

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Looking for ways to keep kids on track with learning over the summer? Check out these resource guides:


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Summer is just getting started, but it’s not too soon to be thinking about how to promote school attendance and engage parents for the next school year. Check out these resources to help get started:

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