Engaging in public policy advocacy is a powerful way to make a difference in people's lives. Learn more about the issues that United Way of Salt Lake is passionate about and send an email directly to your legislators to let them know what matters to you.
Research shows that students benefit from full-day kindergarten in a variety of ways. In fact, Utah kids in full-day kindergarten regularly perform 2 to 4 times better than their half-day kindergarten peers with regards to basic kindergarten proficiencies. Join our growing coalition to push for a three year expansion of optional full-day Kindergarten for all students.
53% of Utah 3rd graders do not read at grade level, and within that group, there is a 15-percentage point gap in early literacy between higher-income students and their low-income peers and a 20-percentage point gap between white students and students of color. These gaps persist through high school and have a significant negative impact on health and economic mobility into adulthood. During the 2022 Legislative Session, we will push to pass key legislation that will equip educators, parents, and communities to help all students read on grade level.
All students in Utah have the right to receive an education in a safe and inclusive environment, one that’s free from harassment and discrimination based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, and physical and mental abilities. This environment is not a reality for many students across the state. This session we will fight to create safe and inclusive schools where all kids and families have opportunities to thrive. Get involved with our Action Toolkit.
Children’s health care coverage, affordable housing and rent support, and access to food are just a few things that impact a person’s overall health and wellbeing. We will support efforts to address these social determinants of health so that children and families can thrive. Click here to check out what legislators say about addressing the root causes of health.
From writing emails to sending letters, telling your legislators what matters to you is an important part of our legislative process. Learn how our legislators recommend you get involved in the session here.
Watch the opening remarks from Governor Cox and the breakout sessions on our 2022 legislative priorities from the 2022 Legislative Preview.
Send an email directly to your legislators to let them know what is important to you.Action Center