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Helping Kids Succeed

Education can be a cornerstone to success in school, work and life. It also benefits the entire community; High School graduates have higher earning potential and are more likely to raise kids who also graduate and go on to higher education or a career. Plus, employers have an educated workforce they can count on to get the job done. 

Williamson County residents are proud of the quality education afforded to the more than 112,000 students in our school districts. Residents invest millions of dollars annually in making sure children and youth have access to a quality education. 

And yet, there is still more work to do to help children and youth in Williamson County reach their potential.

  • 10% of children ages 0-5 live below the poverty level and many more are considered low income.
  • 22% of Williamson County students who enter 9th grade leave without a diploma.

These trends are reversible, but only when communities and public, private and nonprofit sectors work together.

Our Goals

The goal of our efforts in education is to help children and youth achieve their potential through education.

  • Increasing the percentage of children who enter kindergarten ready to learn.
  • Increasing the percentage of students who graduate from high school on time.

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 of Williamson County is focusing on building supportive communities, effective schools and strong families — strategies and approaches rooted in research.

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library was launched in March 2013, this program helps economically disadvantaged preschoolers read by providing books in their home. 

Born Learning Trail was designed by United Way Worldwide to help parents, caregivers and communities create quality early learning opportunities for young children. is a mentoring awareness campaign that connects adults with students in local school districts waiting for an adult mentor. 

Community Impact Grants help support nonprofits who are dedicated to helping kids enter school ready to learn and graduate from high school on time.

How You Can Help

  • Donate now help kids succeed in school.
  • Be a Mentor
  • Help us build a new Born Learning Trail
  • Advocate for our work with your family, friends and co-workers.