Home » Get Involved » Women United
Born Learning : Dream Big
Every Child Ready to Succeed in Kindergarten
Women United is a dedicated group of volunteer women who are passionate about our youngest citizens, ages 0-5. Women United ignites the power of women to create real, lasting change for our community. Women United will work diligently to ensure all children are ready to succeed in kindergarten. How? By engaging parents. A child’s first, best teacher is a parent.
Children are Born Learning. Between birth and age five, the brain is extremely responsive to experience. Research has proven that a child’s brain is nearly fully developed by age five. That gives parents 5 short years to prepare their child for kindergarten.
- 61% of low-income children have no children’s books at home.
- Low-income children hear as many as 30 million fewer words than their more affluent peers.
- By age 2, low-income children are already behind their peers in listening, counting, and other skills essential to literacy.
- As early as age 3, a child’s vocabulary can predict third grade reading achievement.
- By age 5, a typical middle-class child recognizes 22 letters of the alphabet, compared to 9 for a child from a low-income family.
Current State of Affairs
Too often the youngest members of our community begin school unprepared. As a result these children are:
- 25% more likely to drop out of school
- 40% more likely to become a teen parent
- 50% more likely to be placed in special education
- 60% less likely to attend college
- 70% more likely to be arrested for a violent crime
We need your help to change this!
Born Learning Academies – Workshops held in local schools, taught by teachers and/or the principal, to provide families with practical ideas on how to turn everyday activities into teaching moments focused on: building relationships, developing children’s language skills, nutrition and health, how children learn, and routines and learning on the go.
Born Learning Trails – Fun, physical learning activities that allow parents or caregivers to play with young children in an outdoor setting, featuring nine activities to promote early learning.
2-1-1 Resource Line – 24/7 access to answer parent questions, direct them to community resources, or promote Born Learning materials.
Imagination Library – Free, age-appropriate books mailed to children from birth to 5 years in Scott and Rock Island Counties, as well as Beyond the Book activities to engage parents in their child’s learning.
Hygiene Kits – Shampoo, toothpaste, soap, diapers, etc. given to children and families to ensure their basic needs are met.
Born Learning Text Campaign – Texts sent to parents with fun and educational things to do with their child. To sign up text BORNLEARNING to 95577.
Born Learning Calendar – A yearly printed calendar providing daily ideas to make everyday moments teaching moments.
Born Learning Awareness – Promoting the best ways to ensure children are ready for kindergarten.
Our goal is to raise $2.2 million for the first five years of the Born Learning initiative.
Questions? Contact Jen Dobrunz or call 563.344.0317.
Join us on Facebook and keep up-to-date on United Way events and information. We'll see you there!