Born Learning Trails Improve Early Literacy

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Born Learning
The Born Learning Trail at Plamann Park creates an early learning opportunity for little explorers.

Contributor: Suzanne Brault Pagel, Resource Development Director at United Way Fox Cities

The 2011 LIFE Study indicates the Fox Valley is seeing a growing number of economically disadvantaged students and third grade reading proficiency is trending down. In addition, the Fox Cities has a growing epidemic of obesity impacting children's health and future success. The Born Learning Trail, a United Way Fox Cities supported project, is designed to strengthen families and provide kids with a quality early learning opportunity.

The Born Learning Trail provides an opportunity to improve early literacy and to allow kids to get active in a fun, educational way. The Trail is designed to be an interactive, playful and visible tool to help parents, caregivers and communities support early learning, to boost children's language and literacy skills, and to encourage families to get active. The Trail can be installed at a park, a child care center or school, in a library or at an indoor community gathering space. The signs can also be purchased in Spanish and Hmong.

The first Fox Cities Born Learning Trail is holding a Grand Opening at 10:00 a.m. on May 31st, 2014, at Plamann Park's Children's Farm in Outagamie County. The pilot trail was completed as a team project of the Leadership Fox Cities class of 2014. The Born Learning Trail captures 10 fun outdoor games on engaging signs to create learning opportunities for a young child.

For more information, please contact United Way Fox Cities at 920-954-7210.