United Way works every day to advance the common good by focusing on the building blocks for a better life.

The quality of an individual’s education has a profound and lasting effect on the person’s ability to succeed in the world. Every parent’s dream is for our children to succeed-and for their success to surpass ours. United Way of Mat-Su has put a stake in the ground on education. We want to boost every child’s chance for success in school, work and life. The impact that United Way of Mat-Su and its partners have on education can ripple through our community, improving health and financial stability. These building blocks of a good life are critical to lasting community change.

Our Community Plan
Children and Youth Achieve Their Potential

Our Goal
Ensure that every child has the chance to succeed

Our Strategy
We invest in, and partner with, programs and organizations that target our focus areas (school readiness, career and life skills preparedness, and academic completion) by:

  • increasing access to high-quality early childhood education

  • helping children be promoted at the end of their school year

  • helping families and students be supported, engaged and connected to schools

  • engaging youth in the development of competencies, assets, positive attributes and resiliency

  • engaging parents in supporting their child’s educational progress

  • fostering exposure to year-round learning opportunities

  • supporting positive youth activities and social development in the community

  • helping prepare youth with career and life skills


The Early Childhood Partnership of Mat-Su is a Best Beginnings group focused on serving young children and their families. The partnership has been in existence since 2009 and developed a community-wide strategic plan to mobilize people and resources to ensure all children in the Mat-Su begin school ready to succeed.


As a part of the Mat-Su Valley, you can get involved in some of the programs that help children get prepared and then later succeed at school.