Did you know that 85% of brain development happens before the age of 5? Research consistently shows that the first few years of life are critical to a child's development.
United Way’s Born Learning initiative helps parents, caregivers, and our community support positive early childhood development. Born Learning provides easy research-based ways to turn everyday moments into fun learning opportunities for young children. Quality early learning results in reduced crime, less teen pregnancy, more high school graduates, and more individual success in work and life.
Free Born Learning materials are available for download. United Way of Monroe County partners with area organizations to help distribute materials to parents, grandparents, and caregivers.
In July 2011, the Born Learning Play Path at the Clear Creek Trail was launched by United Way, Monroe Smart Start, and City of Bloomington Parks & Recreations. The Play Path features 10 fun outdoor games on signs that engage children and their families.
Do you feel passionate about strengthening education supports in our community?
Please consider donating to the United Way Education Priority Fund. This fund helps children achieve their potential through cradle-to-career initiatives that ensure kids enter kindergarten ready to learn and graduate high school ready to earn success in college or career.