East Dallas Community Schools was established in 1978, and it serves neighborhood kids up to third grade. The nonprofit operates on the idea that every kid can succeed in school with early intervention and parent involvement. They get some federal funding, but they rely on private donations to keep it going.

And a $200,000 grant from the United Way, which the schools received about two weeks ago, makes their year a little easier.

“The grant will help us do more of that: Help these kids and provide funding for these programs,” says director of development Stuart Williams.

The North Texas Area United Way lists improving early childhood education as one of its top three objectives.

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