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UWM will ensure that by 2025, 85% of 9th graders (approximately 7,900 students) will be on track to success in school and life.



To break the cycle of poverty across our community through investments in wrap around supports that ensure children come to school prepared to learn the academic and key life skills needed to succeed.


1. Improve pre-literacy skills and grade level reading for 7,000 youth.

2. Provide prevention and intervention supports to reduce chronic absenteeism for 2,000 students.

The Challenge

We know that poor school attendance is a leading predictor that student will drop out of high school.  Elementary school children who are chronically absent are more likely to repeat a grade and struggle with grade level reading.  If a child does not read a t grade level by the end of 3rd grade, he or she is four times more likely to drop out of school.


  • Provide resources and supports to families that strengthen interactions and promote early literacy learning in the home environment.
  • Adults read to and with children.
  • Improve access to the quality of early care and education environments for children living in poverty.
  • Facilitate and coordinate activities that reduce summer learning loss.
  • Engage students and parent/caregivers in the development of plan for improved attendance.
  • Provide a continuum of supports and resources to address student attendance barriers.
  • Monitor attendance data and practice to inform student progress of reduced absenteeism.
  • Provide quality and engaging out –of-school time opportunities that reinforce and enhance academic and social emotional learning.
  • Incorporate activities that complement school curriculum to increase student achievement and keep students on track to graduate.
  • Provide caring, adult mentors for academic enrichment, interest-based activities and career readiness.
  • Support mentoring relationship throughout to match to ensure sustained relationships.
Right Now in the Omaha-Council Bluffs Metro:


For the 2015-2016 school year almost 1,800 3rd graders in our community were reading below their grade level.


Based on reported results from NESA test scores for the Nebraska Learning Community of Douglas and Sarpy Counties and Iowa Adequate Yearly Progress testing for Council Bluffs Community Schools.

Right Now in the Omaha-Council Bluffs Metro:


For the 2015-2016 school year almost 13,000 students in our community were chronically absent from school, missing 10% or more of school days..


Based on reports received through data requests from Nebraska Department of Education for the Nebraska Learning Community of Douglas and Sarpy Counties and from Council Bluffs Community School District.

2017 Results


children improved their reading skills.


students developed essential skills.


books were delivered to students in Title 1 schools.
The areas of investment
Early Childhood + Pre-Literacy

Early Childhood Centers/Programs
Family Literacy Programs
Parent Education Programs
Reading Intervention Programs

School Attendance

Community-Based Support Services
School-Based Support Services
Drop Out Prevention Programs
Attendance Improvement Programs
Drop Out Prevention Programs
School Re-Engagement Programs
Tutoring Programs 

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Out of School Time + Expanded Learning

Before School Programs
Afterschool Programs
Expanded Learning Programs
Summer Learning Programs


One to One Mentoring
Group Mentoring
Big Couple Mentoring
Team Mentoring
Peer Mentoring

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