Featured Initiatives

Beyond our regular work, we concentrate on a few specific initiatives that have been proven to create impactful, long-term results. These initiatives require partnership and dedication from civic leaders to remain thriving.

School Attendance Initiative: Every Child, Every Day: Meeting the Challenge of Chronic Absenteeism

The greatest impact comes from helping a person avoid challenges like poverty and food opportunity scarcity in the first place. And the surest path to this result is a good education. As United Way of Greater Kansas City charts a course for the next 100 years, we have launched a major initiative focused on a key strategy for school success: reducing chronic absenteeism.

Student Attendance in Uncertain Times

As we approach the 2020-21 academic year, school leaders are tasked with finding new ways to re-engage students and families to optimize learning in the upcoming school year. United Way of Greater Kansas City, SchoolSmartKC and Turn the Page KC, will co-hosted the Student Attendance in Uncertain Times webinar, presented by Attendance Works.

Webinar Slides Webinar Video

November 2018 Community Summit Resources

In November 2018, United Way of Greater Kansas City hosted a community summit addressing the pressing issue of school attendance. The materials from that summit are available below.