Photo courtesy of United Way of San Diego County

Updated at 5:30 p.m. May 22, 2015

The United Way of San Diego announced Friday it will provide almost $2 million in grants to four community organizations that help children.

The awardees include:

  • the Santee School District, for its Santee Primary Success Impact Network, which focuses on helping children and families in an affordable housing complex where many residents are Middle Eastern refugees;
  • the San Diego County Office of Education, for its Tiered Quality and Rating Improvement System Network, which will bring quality early education practices to 40 family care providers across the region;
  • Social Advocates for Youth (SAY) San Diego, for its Military Family & School Success Impact Network, which works with young students and their families at Hancock Elementary, located in the largest off-site military housing complex in the world; and
  • Jewish Family Services, for its Linda Vista Kindergarten Readiness Network, which will establish family support hubs at early education sites in Linda Vista and work to help children and families transition from preschool to kindergarten.

“We believe multiple organizations effectively working together can always do better than one,” United Way President and CEO Kevin Crawford said.

“United Way’s role will be to fund these community partnerships, while also providing our expertise in convening large groups around common goals, taking a hard look at data and building the infrastructure to make it all work,” Crawford said. “We want to support children outside the classroom, so that they are best prepared to learn inside the classroom.”

United Way said that each partnership will bring together about 20 nonprofits, health providers, schools, government, businesses and other community organizations to help children and families.

The partnership with United Way came just at the right time, said Nancy Gannon Hornberger, SAY San Diego’s executive director and CEO. SAY plans to work with the more than 100 organizations in its Military Family Collaborative network to help military children achieve reading proficiency by the third grade.

“This project builds on the abundant strengths of the collaborative designed to meet the unique needs of military families,” she said.

Research shows that family stability and health are linked to high school graduation rates and students’ continued success, according to the United Way.

— City News Service contributed to this report

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