According to the May 2018 report from the National Center for Education Statistics, lower income children from lower income families participated in fewer educationally enriching activities over the summer than their middle class and affluent peers.
According to the report, roughly 40% of middle class and affluent kids attended summer camp or participated in enrichment activities like attending art camps, art galleries, playing musical instruments, and visiting museums or historical sites. In comparison, 20% of lower income kids went to summer camp.
United Way of Western Connecticut cares deeply about families living paycheck-to-paycheck and listened to struggling parents directly to discover they lacked resources to afford enrichment activities after school for their kids.
In response to this need, United Way created the ALICE Enrichment Fund to serve children from ALICE families throughout our region access to the same opportunities as more affluent families.
"I'm trying to find the right words to say thank you, along with the appreciation for this fund,"
says Amanda, a local parent who used funds to help with summer camp for her daughter with special needs.
"She was able to attend and be part of a camp--to be active and included," she says.
Every child should have that feeling of participating and belonging. Amanda is just one of the many parents who have been able to utilize the ALICE Enrichment Fund to offset the costs of activities like sports, music lessons, and art classes.
The ALICE Enrichment Fund is just one of the many ways United Ways works to ensure the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community that we serve.