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Born Learning

For children, especially young children, day-to-day life is a significant learning experience. Children are constantly learning, right from birth. Their early years are the foundation for growth and development, and what they learn during those years depends on the experiences they have each and every day. This is our greatest challenge as caregivers, as well as our greatest opportunity. Born Learning is a public engagement campaign that helps parents, grandparents, and caregivers explore ways to turn everyday moments into fun learning opportunities.

Parents and caregivers of young children understand that the early years are important, yet many are not sure how to encourage early learning, or feel they do not have time to do what it takes to help their child succeed in school. Many communities are concerned about children coming to school unprepared, but are not coming together to give parents more choices and children more opportunities.

In response, United Way of Frederick County is partnering with the Ad Council, Civitas and Families and Work Institute to create Born Learning, an innovative public engagement campaign that helps parents, caregivers and communities create quality early learning opportunities for young children. 

Born Learning is designed as a tool for long-lasting community change that supports young children. It has three cornerstones:

1. Awareness – Providing important information about how young children learn.

2. Education – Providing easy, fun action steps that parents, grandparents and caregivers can use every day.

3. Action – Providing a visible platform for public policy and action.

Interactive Born Learning Trails may be found at the following locations:

  • Boys and Girls Club
  • Brunswick
  • Frederick Memorial Hospital Park
  • Lucas Village
  • Thurmont Community Park
  • Walkersville Community Park
  • Woodsboro Park

In addition, we have a portable Born Learning Trail complete with sign post holders that we can make available for your event or early childhood education functions. We would also provide a staff member or volunteer to talk about the sign with attendees.

For more information on the portable Born Learning Trail or to inquire about the possiblity of an installation of a permanent trail at your park or palce of business please contact Malcolm Furgol at


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Your child at 6-12 months

Your child at 12-18 months

Your child at 18-24 months

Your child at 24-36 months

Your child at 3 years

Your child at 4 years

Your child at 5 years 

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