So All Children Can Succeed

Nothing should hold children back from reaching their potential

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Help us solve the 757’s biggest problems and give everyone the opportunity to thrive.

United for Children

From cradle to career, we provide coordinated support for children in South Hampton Roads so they can succeed. We work with nearly 200 community partners to provide early childhood wellness, kindergarten readiness support, tutoring for grade-level reading, help in developing social and emotional skills, and guidance for graduating on time and learning self-sufficiency. Best of all, donors and partners in our community make all of this possible!


children in the 757 from hard-working families experience extreme poverty


of children in areas we serve want to learn but do not read at grade-level yet


of teens who have mentors aspire to enroll in and graduate from college


of a child’s brain develops before the age of 5

A Strong Start, A Thriving Life

All children deserve safe spaces where they can learn the skills they need to be successful, no matter their zip code. We know that inequities in learning during the early years lead to lost income, under-optimized career tracks and eventually reduced life expectancy which all carry through for generations. That is why United for Children is proud to offer wraparound services to all children in the 757, from cradle to career, to help break the cycle of poverty.

United for Children Framework

Kindergarten Readiness

Making sure kids are ready for school on day one, which leads to success down the road.

Grade-Level Reading by Grade 3

Third grade is a critical learning point. Children who read proficiently by third grade are more likely to graduate high school.

STEAM Proficiency

Through out-of-school programming, students learn science, technology, engineering, art and math skills.

High School Graduation

Earning a high school diploma can lead to higher wages and more educational and job opportunities.


Training and counseling to develop the skills children need for gainful employment.

Break the Cycle of Poverty

Support for children so they can gain the knowledge and skills they need to build a self-sustaining life for them and their family, ultimately breaking the cycle of poverty.

Our Impact


children served


of students attending out-of-school programming improved scores


of teens in funded programs are on-track to reach graduation

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