The United Way Born Learning Academy is an innovative program that meets a critical need in Kentucky communities - early childhood parental education. This school-based Academy consists of six free workshop sessions that provide parents with the tools to help their children succeed in kindergarten and beyond.
The series teaches busy caregivers how to turn everyday moments into learning opportunities. The tools are easy, sometimes as simple as talking about the colors of the trucks that pass by while mom and baby head to the grocery store. The school-based workshops allow a meaningful conversation to start with parents early, offering them the essential building blocks of education to support their child's future academic successes and to create a strong connection between home and school.
Parents of young children (prenatal to age five) are engaged in hands-on activities and discussion about what it means to be ready for kindergarten and offer strategies they can use at home to maximize their child’s early learning and development.
Founded on an evidence-based curriculum established by early childhood faculty at Northern Kentucky University, the workshops are led by trained professionals and focus on the following topics:
- Building Relationships
- Building Your Child’s Language Skills
- Nutrition and Health
- How Children Learn
- Routines and Learning on the Go