Born Learning Trails


By the time a child starts kindergarten, 85 percent of the child's brain has developed. Everyday life is a learning experience for children. The foundation for a child's education takes place between the ages zero and five. Children's brains are being hardwired in the first five years for future learning: communications, social/emotional skills and critical early learning skills are formed in these early years. Providing educational opportunities throughout the community encourages caregivers to build that educational foundation with their children. Creating a strong foundation sets up a child for success in kindergarten. If a child is prepared for kindergarten, they are more likely to read on grade-level by third grade, which makes them more likely to graduate from high school. The stronger the foundation, the better the future is for a child. United Way of Southeast Mississippi fights for quality education for every child in Forrest, Lamar, Perry and Marion counties. Partnering with YOU to provide Born Learning Trails helps build those foundations. 

The Born Learning Trail is a series of 10 interactive signs that offer fun, learning activities to engage children and caregivers alike. These easy-to-spot signs offer parents and caregivers an opportunity to engage children in learning activities while taking a stroll through the park. Born Learning Trails help young children boost language, reading, problem-solving and critical thinking skills. They offer families a place to be active, elevate awareness of early childhood education and are a visible symbol of the community's commitment to young children. 

Below you will find an interactive map that shows current Born Learning Trails in our area. Potential Born Learning Trails are also marked. Will you join the fight for education and sponsor a Born Learning Trail? Contact us today to learn how!

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