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Collaborations that are creating change for kids.

When schools, non-profits, governments, and businesses join forces to support young children, magic happens. In Lane County, that future is built on collaboration, as partners across Lane County are coming together to change the future by creating significant supports for children and families.

“When we look across all of our work with partners, a focus on the future of Lane County’s children is a driving force for this community,” says Noreen J. Dunnells, United Way of Lane County’s President and CEO.

From birth to beyond, partners are lining up to look differently at the challenges facing children and their families. Groups are coming together to tackle issues in new and different ways and United Way is excited to be at the table. As what is commonly referred to as a “backbone” organization, United Way is in the unique position to help to build partnerships and provide needed support to these groups as they overcome hurdles and create resources for kids and families.

Find out more on some of the partnerships leading change:

Lane Early Learning Alliance

The Lane Early Learning Alliance is working to improve our community’s early learning system by building on existing resources to achieve better results for young children. It seeks to ensure young children and families thrive by making programs and supports more available, accessible and effective. Using the theory of Collective Impact, we believe that bringing together early learning providers, K-12 education, healthcare providers, human and social services, local businesses, and parents and families will allow us to develop a system to best meet the needs of all children and families in our community.

Find out more by visiting them online:


LaneKids, Lane County’s Parenting Education Hub, is a local network of parenting education providers and stakeholders brought together by United Way of Lane County to strengthen and coordinate our community’s parenting education system.

LaneKids is one of fourteen Parenting Education Hubs across Oregon committed to improving access to an array of evidence-based parenting education opportunities and activities for all families.

Find out more by visiting them online:


Triple P – Positive Parenting Program

New in Lane County, the Triple P program takes a public health approach to normalize and encourage positive parenting education across the entire community. Triple P is a collaborative project funded by Trillium Community Health Plan in partnership with Lane County Public Health, LaneKids, Parenting Now!, and Oregon Research Institute. United Way of Lane County is serving as the convener for the project to support the partnership as it works collaboratively to bridge the divide and get this resource into the hands of parents.

Check out the program online!

Preschool Promise

Preschool Promise Program. A pilot program unfolding across Lane County that strives to increase the number of low-income children who have access to quality learning environments, Preschool Promise represents the collaborative commitment of United Way, the Lane Early Learning Alliance, Family Connections of Lane and Douglas Counties, and a number of partners across the community committed to helping children

Find out more on Preschool Promise: