Serving Monroe, Owen, and Greene Counties

Born Learning

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.


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The Born Learning Play Path at Clear Creek Trail

United Way’s Born Learning initiative helps parents, caregivers, and our community supports 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 these 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. Read More (pdf download) >>


Do you want to strengthen education 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.

Want to learn more about additional Education initiatives or the other building blocks for a good life - Earnings and Essentials?

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  • Monroe Smart Start
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  • Bank On Bloomington