Born Learning

About Born Learning Programs

United Way strives to meet parents where they are. That’s the philosophy of the United Way Born Learning initiative, which has helped more than 15 million parents understand how to use everyday moments as learning moments. More than 600 United Ways and partner organizations have used Born Learning’s materials to help parents, families and caregivers to promote school readiness and literacy, and to enlist business leaders and decision makers in the cause.

The United Way Born Learning Academy uses the best of those proven tips, tools and resources to help families take a more active role in preparing their children for kindergarten. These free work- shops are for parents and caregivers of children, from birth to age five. For United Ways, it’s a low- cost investment in family engagement and school readiness, without having to create a new curriculum. Wherever you are in your early education work, United Way Born Learning Academy can add momentum, help leverage partnerships and deep- en your community impact work.

Through a series of six to twelve workshops held in local schools, the Born Learning Academy provides families and caregivers with practical, user-friendly ideas to turn everyday activities into learning moments.
The Born Learning Academy can do more than strengthen your community’s school readiness efforts—it can also help your school partners
engage families before kids start kindergarten. Founded on an evidence-based curriculum established by early childhood faculty at Northern Kentucky University, the workshops are led by trained professionals—usually teachers, principals or other education staff—and focus on the following topics:

  • Building Relationships
  • Building Your Child’s Language Skills
  • Nutrition and Health
  • How Children Learn
  • Routines and Learning on the Go 
  • United Way of SLO County also includes additional 6 workshops as part of each session where we will focus on relationship building, networking, resource sharing, health and much more! If you are interested is implementing a Born Learning Academy at your school or in your program, please contact Linda Wingert at or call 805-541-1234.

Born Learning provides practical tools for parents and caregivers to create early learning opportunities for young children. It's built on awareness, education and action. The tools below are available for download free of charge.

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Born Learning Trails

Born Learning trails are playful and interactive outdoor games on engaging signs that create opportunites for learning for young children. They help boost language and literacy skills, encourage families to get active outdoors and support early learning. Two trails are located in San Luis Obispo County.

In the News: We are currently seeking partners, sponsors, volunteers and location ideas for new Born Learning Trails in San Luis Obispo County. If you know of a great park or school where you would like to see a Born Learning Trail installed, please call Linda Wingert at 805-541-1234.


Mitchell Park Playground
Corner of Santa Rosa and Pismo Streets, San Luis Obispo

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Oceano Elementary School
17th Street at Paso Robles Street, Oceano

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Play Book / Los Jeugos

Rules and guidelines to help you make the most of your child’s playtime. Consejos e indicaciones para ayudarte a aprovechar al máximo los momentos de juego de tu niño.

Are You Babysmart? / Cuanto sabes sobre bebes?

Take this short quiz to test your knowledge about some of the things you can do to enhance your interactions with your infant. Responde a este breve cuestionario para determinar si sabes como optimizar la relacion con tu bebe. /  

Recipes for Learning / Recetas para el Aprendizaje

Fun activities to spark your child's language and learning. Actividades divertidas para promover el aprendizaje y el lenguaje.

Everyday Activities for Dad / Actividades diarias para hacer con papá

Dads today are more involved in their children’s development than ever before. Los papás de hoy participan más que nunca en la crianza.

Meal Ideas for Young Children / Ideas acerca de cómo alimentar a los niños pequeños

Your Child @ / Tu Hijo @

Highlights of what’s happening at this stage of your child’s development. Veamos lo que está ocurriendo con tu hijo durante esta etapa de su desarrollo.

... Birth / Su Nacimiento

... Two Months / 2 Meses

... 4 - 6 Months / 4 a 6 Meses

... 6 - 12 Months / 6 a 12 Meses

... 12 - 18 Months / 12 a 18 Meses

... 18 - 24 Months / 18 a 24 Meses

... 24 - 36 Months / 24 a 36 Meses

... 3 Years / 3 Años

... 4 Years / 4 Años

... 5 years / 5 Años

Learning on the Go

It's easy and fun to provide early learning opportunities for your young child.