Northwest Suburban United Way Promotes Interactive Learning with the Born Learning Trail

Northwest Suburban United Way (NWSUW), in partnership with NorthShore University HealthSystem – Skokie Hospital, Skokie Park District, Skokie Public Library, Village of Skokie and Skokie Chamber of Commerce, will unveil The Born Learning Trail today at 10 a.m., in Devonshire Park in Skokie, Ill. The Born Learning Trail creates an outdoor, interactive learning environment to help parents and caregivers cultivate fun learning moments with their children through various activities. The Born Learning Trail enc0mpasses a series of learning activities in which adults can engage with young children to help prepare them to enter school. The activities promote language, pre-literacy skills and motor skills in an interactive, fun setting. They also educate adults on how to approach early learning through engaging activities. The Born Learning Trail connects the community with opportunities for early childhood learning and spreads awareness of the importance of such activities. “We are excited to bring the Born Learning Trail to children and families in Skokie Valley,” said Marcia McMahon, Chief Professional Officer at Northwest Suburban United Way. “Engaging children ages 0-5 in interactive, knowledge-building activities prior to entering the classroom is a crucial component to a child’s future success. This is a fun, outdoor opportunity for families to learn together.” One activity, Watch! Stop! Learn! Play! encourages the caregiver to follow the child’s lead, building the child’s curiosity and confidence and reinforcing learning. Similarly, Imagine! Create! Pretend! encourages interactive storytelling, building a child’s ability to imagine and listen. Studies have indicated that low-income children can begin kindergarten up to two years behind other students. Research from United Way Worldwide indicates that lack of time and knowledge about how to best prepare children for school are common issues. NWSUW, in partnership with United Way of Metropolitan Chicago, recently launched a 10-year vision, LIVE UNITED 2020, which aims to help 50,000 underperforming middle school kids enter high school ready to succeed. Since 46% of students enter school without the skills they need to learn, the Born Learning Trail is ideal to provide learning opportunities to children and families and prepare all students to succeed in the classroom. For more information about Northwest Suburban United Way or the Born Learn Trail, please visit LIVEUNITEDchicago.org/northwest or contact Beth Esler at Elizabeth.Esler@uw-mc.org or 312.906.2291.

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United Way advances the common good, creating opportunities for a better life for all by focusing on the three key building blocks of education, income and health. United Way recruits people and organizations that bring the passion, expertise and resources needed to get things done. LIVE UNITED 2020 is a social movement, our ten-year commitment to tackle the root causes of poverty. LIVE UNITED® is a call to action for everyone to become a part of the change. For more information about United Way, please visit: LIVEUNITEDCHICAGO.org.