Strengthening Families in our Community

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Born Learning Lucy

Parents help their children make exciting new discoveries at the Born Learning Trails.

Contributors: Suzanne Brault Pagel, Resource Development Director at United Way Fox Cities and Corinn Sevcik, Executive Director for Community Family Resource Centers, Inc.

United Way Fox Cities supports programs that strengthen families and improve parenting skills because we know that strong, vibrant and healthy families are the cornerstone of our community. Join us on September 24th from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. at Plamann Park Pavilion (1375 E. Broadway Dr., Appleton) to learn more about our work in this priority area. On the tour, you will experience the Fox Cities' first Born Learning Trail and hear about the Community Family Resource Center and Parent Connection programs at Family Services of northeast Wisconsin. Sign up to attend the tour.

The Born Learning Trails are designed to strengthen families and provide children with quality early learning opportunities. The trails are 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 first Born Learning Trail in the Fox Cities was built at Plamann Park in May. In August, Miller Electric employees partnered with the City of Appleton to install a Born Learning Trail at Pierce Park. Do you want to support the next Born Learning Trail at Fox West YMCA in Greenville, WI? Vote online for the project to win a $5,000 grant!

Community Family Resource Centers (CFRC) is a non-profit that helps families in rural, northern Outagamie County form strong family foundations. CFRC's programs enrich families through parent education, resources and support, while providing opportunities for fun time spent together. CFRC's popular programs include:

  • Parent And Child Enrichment Program for families with children ages birth to five to foster parent and child interaction in a fun, structured environment;
  • Me & My Family Program designed to promote each parent or family member to spend time individually with their children;
  • Family Education seminars which provide monthly opportunities for families to learn more about pertinent topics.

One attendee said about CFRC's programs, "It gives our family fun, quality, free (or really inexpensive) time together. Thank you!"