our work

our pact for Education

More than 62,000 people engaged as part of the United Way of Acadiana movement for education in a single year. Those connections include directly serving 59,707 local children with valuable programming, books, school supplies, mentors, and readers. United Way of Acadiana embraces a collective impact approach when it comes to education. There are multiple collaborations with schools and agencies across the area.

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

Available to children 0-4 years of age living in Lafayette, Acadia, St. Martin or Vermilion parish, Dolly Parton Imagination Library provides children with free, age-appropriate books on a regular basis.

Leader In Me

Schools using Leader in Me integrate leadership development throughout their daily curriculum, activities, systems, and faculty/staff development.

Early Head Start

The United Way of Acadiana Early Head Start Program provides quality early childhood education – at no cost. The Center-Based program option provides full-day early childhood education, along with meals and snacks.


Building off the legacy of the Lafayette Education Foundation, United Way of Acadiana is proud to offer education grants to schools and teachers in Lafayette Parish.