Born Learning is a national public engagement campaign that helps parents, grandparents and caregivers explore ways to turn everyday moments into fun learning opportunities. If you have ever interacted with a child, you know they are constantly learning, right from birth. What children learn during those years depends on the experiences they have each day.
That’s where United Way Born Learning Trails come in. Born Learning Trails provide free opportunities for parents, grandparents, and caregivers to boost young children’s literacy and language skills. Born Learning Trails are interactive, walkable trails of signs for caregivers and children which foster early learning opportunities. Each sign suggests fun outdoor games designed to boost children’s language and literacy skills while helping families get active together.
By playing and exploring together, caregivers can help their children get ready for success in school and in life.
Everyday life is a learning experience for children.
Parents and caregivers of young children understand that the early years are important, yet many aren’t sure how to encourage early learning or feel they don’t have time to do what it takes to help their child succeed in school. Many communities are concerned about children coming to school unprepared.
At United Way of Dickinson, we support the core values of Parents as Teachers:
- The early years of a child’s life are critical for optimal development and provide the foundation for success in school and in life.
- Parents are their children’s first and most influential teachers.
- Established and emerging research should be the foundation of parent education and family support curricula, training, materials and services.
- All young children and their families deserve the same opportunities to succeed, regardless of any demographic, geographic or economic considerations.
- An understanding and appreciation of the history and traditions of diverse cultures is essential in serving families.
The First Five Years
Parenting your child is probably the most important and challenging job you will ever have. Our children are not born with “how-to” guides; however, today parents are not facing this challenge alone. Below are a series of documents entitled “Your Child @.” These documents take parents through their child’s first five years, sharing highlights of what’s happening at various stages of a child’s development. All documents are in .pdf format.
Your Child at Birth
Your Child At 2 months
Your Child At 4 to 6 months
Your Child At 6 to 12 months
Your Child At 12 to 18 months
Your Child At 18 to 24 months
Your Child At 24 to 36 months
Your Child At Age 3
Your Child At Age 4
Your Child At Age 5
Tips to help your child sleep
How to choose a childcare provider
Are You Baby Smart
Our first Born Learning Trail will be installed at Rocky Butte Park in June 2018. If you or your company would like to sponsor the first North Dakota Born Learning Trail (and have your company logo added to the Born Learning Trail welcome sign), please contact United Way of Dickinson at 701-483- 1233.
Born Learning Trails can be installed at a park, a child care center or school, a library or an indoor community gathering space. If you or your company would like to sponsor a new Born Learning Trail in the Stark, Billings, or Dunn County areas please contact United Way of Dickinson at 701-483-1233.