Community Coalitions

Uniting the Community for Change

Here at United Way for Greater Austin, we know that real change happens when we Live United. By bringing together nonprofits, policymakers, philanthropists, parents with lived experience, and community and business leaders, we unite the community around collective goals that make a real difference for children and families. United Way plays a leading role in these community coalitions.

Success By 6 Coalition

In 2012, a coalition of child and family advocates – providers, parents, policymakers, civic leaders, and experts – came together under the banner of United Way for Greater Austin to transform Austin/Travis County’s early childhood system through a strategic plan, originally called the School Readiness Action Plan.

Today, our Success By 6 Coalition (SX6) has grown, strengthened, and continues to build upon its achievements. The third installment of the strategic plan, launched in January 2019, looks forward to our next 2,000 days and how we can continue to coordinate our actions to help ensure every child born in the Austin area receives the support and care they deserve during their essential first 2,000 days.

2-Gen Coalition

A 2-Gen (or 2-Generation) approach to social services serves parents and children simultaneously and leads to better financial outcomes for both generations.

Over the course of 2018, nearly 200 individual stakeholders from Greater Austin came together to develop the Austin/Travis County 2-Gen Strategic Plan in order to integrate the 2-Gen approach within our community. This plan – the first community-wide strategic plan for 2-Gen in the nation – articulates common goals and strategies to strengthen and expand 2-Gen services and resources for Austin-area families.

If you are an organization looking for ways to incorporate programs that serve two generations at a time, see our 2-Gen Toolkit for more information.

This is part of the work called Family Pathways here at United Way for Greater Austin. Learn more about Family Pathways here.

Family Leadership Council

United Way for Greater Austin values the lived experience and extensive expertise of parents & caregivers. Through the Family Leadership Council, we amplify the voices of those parents & caregivers. This council ensures we empower parents & caregivers to engage with their community and collect continual feedback from parents & caregivers on our strategic work.

Interested in learning more? Email Shalyn Bravens at

Early Matters Greater Austin

United Way for Greater Austin and E3 Alliance have formed Early Matters Greater Austin (EMGA) to mobilize and unite the business community to ensure every child in the Austin metro area enters Kindergarten prepared for success.

Early Matters Greater Austin is engaged in the following efforts:

  • Raising awareness within the business community about the importance of investing in high-quality early learning today for a strong economy tomorrow
  • Influencing public policy at the local and state level
  • Advancing innovation, establishing Austin as a place to incubate, pilot, and scale innovative solutions to challenges of access and affordability in the early-childhood sector

In addition, Early Matters Greater Austin supports workplace policies and practices that increase organizational productivity and support the physical and emotional health of employees and their families. Their Family-Friendly Workplace initiative, supported by the City of Austin and the Austin Chamber of Commerce, is designed to help employers explore the benefits of family-friendly workplaces, assess current business practices, identify opportunities for potential change, and connect employees with local family resources.

Greater Austin Reading Coalition

Founded in 2021, the Greater Austin Reading Coalition is a diverse coalition of nonprofit and community leaders, librarians, teachers, and parents working toward a shared vision of supporting children, grades K – 3, to ensure they are reading on grade level by the fourth grade — a pivotal point in a child’s reading development. 

By the end of third grade, children transition from “learning to read” to “reading to learn”. If a student isn’t reading at grade level, they can fall behind, and are four times more likely to not graduate high school than their peers. The increased earning potential of an individual who attains a high school diploma or goes on to attain a college degree is substantially greater than those who do not have the opportunity to do so. 

The coalition is convened by United Way for Greater Austin as part of the organization’s collective impact work to fight poverty.