• bornlearning® academy Workshops Offered.

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    August 22, 2019

     WISCONSIN RAPIDS, WI – United Way of South Wood & Adams Counties is excited to announce the fall session of bornlearning®academy. bornlearning® academy is a series of six FREE workshops that provides families and caregivers with practical, user-friendly ideas to turn everyday activities into learning moments.


    The workshops are for parents and caregivers of children from ages birth to four. Up to 20 families may participate in each academy.  The south Wood County bornlearning® academy is sponsored by Domtar and Connexus Cares. 


    The fall Academy will begin on Wednesday, October 9th and run each Wednesday through November 13th, 2019 from 5:15pm-6:45pm at Mead Elementary School.  The event will include a FREE dinner from 5:15-5:45pm, FREE childcare and a prize drawing each night. Additionally each family that attends 5 of the 6 workshops will receive a FREE gift from United Way of South Wood & Adams Counties. 


    United Way strives to meet parents where they are at. “bornlearning®academy is an opportunity for parents to meet other parents, enjoy a meal together and learn different skills that can help promote literacy and school readiness for their child(ren),” said Tari Jahns, CEO United Way of South Wood & Adams Counties.  


    bornlearning® academy can do more than strengthen our community’s school readiness efforts—it can also help our school partners engage families before kids start 4K. Founded on an evidence-based curriculum established by early childhood faculty at Northern Kentucky University, the workshops are led by a trained early childhood professional and focus on the following topics: Building Relationships, Building Your Child’s Language Skills, Nutrition and Health, How Children Learn and Routines and Learning on the Go.


    More than 600 United Ways and partner organizations have used bornlearning® materials to help parents, families and caregivers to promote school readiness and literacy, and to enlist business leaders and decision makers in the cause.


    Each Academy workshop offers individualized attention and support to families, including:

          Research-based resources to take home which help parents apply their new knowledge

          Opportunities to practice new skills with their children and with other parents

          Free, age-appropriate and activity based childcare

          A nutritious dinner

          A pre- and post-workshop survey to assess new knowledge


    “bornlearning® academy is made possible through a generous sponsorship by Domtar and Connexus Cares,” said Jahns.  “We are thankful for their support to help bring this program to young families in our community.”


    For more information or to register, contact Jodi Friday, 715-421-0390 orjodi@uwswac.org or visit United Way of South Wood and Adams Counties’ website: https://www.uwswac.org/bornlearning-academy


    About the South Wood County Early Years Coalition


    Early Years, a United Way of South Wood & Adams Counties Coalition, was created by professionals from various backgrounds including health care, education, childcare, and non-profit to collaborate resources and services addressing and breaking down barriers the community faces with the goal that children are ready to learn by the start of school. The coalition meets monthly to generate strategies and implement action steps focused around childcare quality, community awareness, parent education, and family events.