United Learning Center

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United Way's United Learning Center (ULC) is a tutoring program for local K-6 students.

This unique and effective learning experience is tailored to meet the specific literacy needs of every student. 


  1. Harding Elementary
  2. Franklin Elementary

Monday - Thursday

2:30pm - 6:00pm

Sessions range from 45 minutes to an hour.


Instruction by Experienced Tutors

At the United Learning Center, tutors assess every student before creating a customized learning plan. Tutors monitor students' progress, instructing and coaching them along the way. All ULC tutors are trained in the Orton-Gillingham methods of literacy instruction, which can support students with Dyslexia and similar learning differences.  

Individual Attention to Every Student

With a maximum student-to-teacher ratio of 4:1, each child receives maximum attention from a skilled educator. 

Free Program

United Learning Center is a FREE tutoring program made possible by the generosity of United Way supporters.



During the pilot phase, the ULC was proven to be highly effective for all enrolled students. On average, program participants demonstrated an improvement of 2 reading grade levels—a true indicator of the power of in-person learning! Additionally, students improved in the areas of phonological awareness, word decoding, and sight word mastery.


Interested in applying? 

To apply, please CLICK HERE and fill out the application. If you registered your child for Fun in the Sun 2023, CLICK HERE and log in with the same username and password you created for the Fun in the Sun registration. Logging in with the same credentials will allow you to update your child's information and have the previous information transferred over to the ULC application.

For step-by-step instructions on the enrollment application CLICK HERE.

For any questions, please email Yoseline Gonzalez at ygonzalez@unitedwaysb.org or call (805) 965-8594.

Please note: submission of the application does not guarantee acceptance into the program. Once your application is received, you will be contacted by the Program Manager to discuss the enrollment process.