More than 200,000 children under the age of 18 live in Denton County. From our community needs assessment, we know:
- 1 in 3 Denton County students are at risk of dropping out of school
- 1 in 3 Denton County students are eligible for free or reduced lunch
- 12,000 children across the county are eligible for WIC benefits, but less than half receive them
- 1 in 10 Denton County children live in poverty
- 1 in 5 Denton County children don't know where their next meal will come from
From birth through early childhood into grade school, high school and beyond, United Way of Denton County programs and partner agencies help children realize their fullest potential no matter the obstacles in their way! Through collective impact and partner agency investments, we:
- Equip parents with early childhood resources
- Promote childhood literacy
- Mentor children to keep them on the path to graduation
- Connect high school students with their first summer jobs
- Prepare graduating high schoolers with the skills for a career or college
- Improve children's access to behavioral health care
- Help victimized children recover from abuse
- Provide meals for children who would otherwise go hungry
- And much more
Early Childhood Coalition
To engage and empower parents, families, professionals, and communities to provide enriched environments for all children birth - 8 years through: Advocacy, Resources, and Comprehensive Services.
Back to School Fairs
Economically disadvantaged students in our local school districts face many barriers to success and graduation, including access to basic school supplies. Each year, United Way of Denton County and our network of nonprofits conduct school supply drives and back to school fairs to ensure that every student starts the year ready to learn!
Back to School Programs supported by United Way of Denton County include:
Texas Department of Agriculture Summer Meal Program
Children need nutritious meals to learn, grow and thrive. The Summer Food Service Program from the Texas Department of Agriculture ensures kids have no cost, healthy meals this summer and return to school ready to learn.
A family should be where anyone can go to find their strongest supporters in times of crisis, but many Denton County families are unable to meet their basic needs, let alone weather emergencies.
- There are more than 20,000 single head-of-household families with children in Denton County
- More than 16,000 people in Denton County are unemployed and unable to support a family
- Last year, Denton County law enforcement reported 1,900 cases of family violence
- 1 in 3 single female head-of-household families with children under 5 in Denton County live in poverty
- 1 in 4 Denton County households rely on cash and predatory financial services such as check cashing, title loans, and payday loans.
- Only half of the Denton County families eligible for SNAP benefits actually receive them
Through supportive services, individual and group coaching, and connections to resources around the community, United Way of Denton County helps families develop the resiliency and resources they can use to improve their lives! Through collective impact initiatives and partner agencies, we:
- Promote financial stability
- Improve access to health and behavioral health care
- Connect families in crisis to resources for recovery
- Protect and heal victims of domestic or relationship abuse
- Bring community services within walking distance of families in need
- Provide affordable childcare for working parents
- And much more
To see the full extent of what we do to help, follow the links below to see: