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United Way of Central Iowa’s women leaders believe all children should start school ready to learn. Graduation from high school is an 18-year journey, beginning at birth. Women leaders invests in research-based strategies that ensure children are ready for kindergarten – the first step in that journey.

Since 2002, contributions have exceeded $15 million to improve the network of care and learning that ensure young children are ready to succeed in school. More than 600 of central Iowa’s most generous and influential women leaders give their time, voice and resources to support quality early learning and provide opportunities for those who need it most.

Raised over $15 million to served 3,693 children (ages 0-5)

Support 18 early learning centers and more than 200 in-home care providers

Donated 40,000 children’s books for Stuff the Bus book drive and 100,000 books in the past 7 years