Direct Impact Programs

Greenwich United Way programs are a new way to bring impactful solutions to the community. Learn more below about the needs in the community and how we are bringing solutions to the table.

For more information email or call us at 203-869-2221.

Early Childhood Achievement Gap Solutions

Help us close the achievement gap in Greenwich with our Early Childhood Achievement Gap Solutions (ECAGS) program. With support from our Impact Partners: Greenwich Public Schools and Grace Daycare & Learning Center, this new data-driven solution is now in full swing here in Greenwich!

The program’s objective is to narrow the Achievement Gap utilizing a two-pronged approach.  One, an evidence-based home visitation program, Greenwich Parents as Teachers, at Family Centers, targeting low-income families and children, ages birth to 3, coupled with an enriched pre-school instructional coaching program, at Hamilton Avenue and New Lebanon schools of Greenwich Public Schools and Grace Daycare and Learning Center, serving a large percentage of low-income children, ages 3-5.

Data shows children in Greenwich from low-income families and those in which English is a second language perform significantly lower than their peers on standardized reading and math tests.

The percentage of children in these groups meeting expected achievement levels is 28 to 36 percentage points lower than the Town average.

Research shows that a combination of a high-quality home visitation program coupled with an enhanced pre-school program can narrow the achievement gap.

To track the results of this program, the Greenwich United Way has entered into an agreement with the Greenwich Public Schools (GPS) to share data and resources to ensure program success.

As we have been doing since 1933, the Greenwich United Way has identified a need and assembled the right community partners to address this need: in this case, elimination of the achievement gap in the community.


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Youth Impact Programming

Greenwich United Way’s Youth Impact Programming brings opportunity to the youth of Greenwich by:

  • Strengthening student skills in reading and other areas (e.g., Homework, Summer) through the Champions program
  • Helping our youth work together for the betterment of Greenwich through the Greenwich Junior United Way

Reading Champions

Different from other volunteer reading programs, Reading Champions is focused on building the students’ fluency skills. Close to 150 specially-trained volunteers tutor several hundred children in all of the Greenwich elementary schools and four after-school programs. Volunteers are recruited in early Summer and serve, on a regularly scheduled basis, from Mid-October through May. Training, materials and support are provided.