United Way, a prominent non-profit organization in the United States, is committed to helping to end the national education crisis. By 2018, United Way hopes to cut in half the number of students who dropped out of high school in 2008. To accomplish that mission, the organization has adopted an expanded focus that includes early education programs. Such programs have a significant impact on high school graduation rates many years down the line.
More specifically, United Way assists students to gain proficiency in reading by the fourth grade, to transition to middle school successfully, and to ultimately graduate from high school on schedule. The organization provides a detailed description of the research behind its education plans in a document entitled the Education Research Overview. Furthermore, it welcomes the involvement of volunteers in its efforts towards achieving its goals.