Did you know that 90 percent of our brains are “hard-wired” by age 5?
Early learning is a critical part of childhood development—and it can happen anywhere, at any time. That’s why we developed United Way Born Learning Trails.
The Born Learning Trail turns everyday experiences into teachable moments. These multi-station, family-learning courses connect learning in the classroom to real-world activities around the community and out in nature. The trails support language, literacy and social skills development, and remind us that learning can be fun.
This interactive trail contains signs with instructions for simple games that will turn an excursion at the park into fun learning moments for young children. The trail’s theme of Watch! Stop! Learn! Play! encourages parents and caregivers to follow the child’s lead, building the child’s curiosity and confidence, and reinforces learning opportunities present in everyday life.
We know increased investment in pre-K development fosters healthy growth, decreasing the likelihood of children being affected by various other adversities later on in life. Because of the power of early learning, United Way has established kindergarten readiness as our primary Education goal.
Sponsored by Emerging Community Leaders, Barham Benefit Group and the Champaign Park District
While Born Learning Trails offer families an opportunity to learn and grow together, they also serve as a way for residents and neighbors to get involved in their communities. Local companies have the chance to sponsor trails or build them through workplace campaigns. It’s a great way for companies to give back to the communities in which their employees live.