Education

United Way works to end America’s education crisis

Education is the cornerstone of individual and community success. But with more than 1.2 million children dropping out each year, America faces an education crisis. The cost? More than $312 billion in lost wages, taxes and productivity over their lifetimes.These trends are reversible, but only when communities and public, private and nonprofit sectors work together. Marshall County is hard at work, focusing on the impact early childhood programs have on a child's future -- and our community's collective potential. 

Our Strategy

We can’t focus on high school alone. High school dropouts are 12 years in the making, usually starting early childhood education behind schedule. United Way's model focuses on supportive communities, effective schools and strong families — strategies and approaches rooted in research. Tackling the education challenge requires re-framing education on a birth to 21 continuum.

The Marshall County Early Childhood Coalition, together with the United Way of Marshall County and Marshall County Community Foundation, led a historic grant process in 2017 that helped bring $239,744.56 into our county. The Marshall County early childhood education grant awardee providers were Argos Little Dragons Preschool, Bremen Preschool, Carey’s Child Care Inc. (Plymouth), Culver Elementary School, Small Wonders Center Location (Plymouth), Triton Elementary School (Bourbon) and Max’s Playhouse (Culver). Marshall County families deserve high quality, affordable childcare.

On My Way Pre-K awards grants to 4 year olds from low-income families so that they may have access to a high-quality pre-K program the year before they begin kindergarten. Families who receive a grant may use the grant at any approved On My Way Pre-K program in our area. See if your child is eligible for On-My-Way Pre-K in Marshall County. 

How You Can Help

To reach our goal, we need your help. The strategies proven to work are those that connect communities to their schools: parent involvement; literacy volunteers in the classroom; mentors for disadvantaged students; business leaders engaged in early childhood advocacy. Volunteer to help.

SEARCH for help

When you are looking for the information you need to get help in Marshall County, you need to find it right away. By using SEARCH United Way of Marshall County, you’ll easily find the information you’re looking for… when you’re looking for it.

People throughout our community turn to United Way every day for information and support – whether education, health, disaster, or financial-related. We have information that connects people of all ages to the necessary health and human services you need. We’re excited to put this information directly into your hands. SEARCH for help HERE. 

If you need our help, we are also always only a phone call away. 574-936-3366. 

Fall Pandemic EBT Benefits

Division of Family Resources has taken measures to help Hoosiers feed their families during the coronavirus pandemic. Round II P-EBT issuance for the 2020-2021 school year has new eligibility conditions for student participation. DFR contacted all Indiana schools requesting a roster of all eligible students. School participation was voluntary for round II P-EBT issuance.

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What is P-EBT/ Who is eligible for P-EBT?

P-EBT was authorized by the Families First Corona Virus Response Act. The purpose of P-EBT is to provide food assistance to families with children who would have received free or reduced lunch while attending school but are not in school due to COVID-19 restrictions. This benefit is available only to families with children enrolled in an Indiana school, and were eligible for free or reduced lunch or the school is a Community Eligibility Provision participant. The student must have participated in virtual learning, was in quarantine, or was out of school due to illness for at least 5 consecutive school days, or schools had a delayed start or school closure due to COVID-19 of 5 consecutive days or more.

Round II P-EBT issuance for the 2020-2021 school year has new eligibility conditions for student participation. Division of Family Resources contacted all Indiana schools requesting a roster of all eligible students. School participation was voluntary for round II P-EBT issuance. The second issuance of P-EBT will be issued to individuals who meet the following conditions:

  • Eligible for free/reduced lunch in August/September 2020 AND;
  • Virtual learning for 5 consecutive days or more OR;
  • Absent due to quarantine for 5 consecutive days or more OR;
  • Absent due to illness for 5 consecutive days or more OR;
  • Delayed start or school closure due to COVID-19 of 5 consecutive days or more AND;
  • Verification of eligible days was submitted to FSSA Division of Family Resources by the school attended.

Learn more, see frequent FAQs, check your school participation and more, here.