Born Learning

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.

Born Learning Texting

Sign up for texts on things to do today to help your child under 5 years succeed tomorrow. You’ll receive 3 text messages per week.

To sign up text BORNLEARNING to 95577.

Born Learning Calendar

The Born Learning calendar provides ideas to make everyday moments teaching moments, educating parents on important ages and stages milestones, and informing parents on upcoming community events. Download the 2017 Born Learning Calendar. Or to have one mailed to you, call 563.355.4310.

Born Learning Academies

Born Learning Academies are a series of six workshops for parents with children birth to age 5.

  • Learn how to prepare your child for school, starting when they’re born.
  • Free dinner.
  • Free child care provided.
  • Free giveaways for kids and parents.
  • Space limited to 20 families.
  • Each family that attends 5 of the 6 workshops is awarded a tablet pre-loaded with age-appropriate apps for your children.

Born Learning Academies taking place Spring 2017 are:

  • Buchanan Elementary School, Davenport – Contact Valencia Boyle to get on a waiting list for fall at 563.723.6250.
  • Children’s Village at Hoover, Davenport – Contact Sarah Schenk to get on a waiting list for fall at 563.336.7800.
  • East Moline Administration Building, East Moline – To get on a waiting list for fall call 309.792.2887.
  • Fillmore Elementary School, Davenport – Contact Heather Brokaw get on a waiting list for fall at 563.723.6400.
  • Garfield Elementary School, Davenport – Contact Cindy Broadie to get on a waiting list for fall at 563.723.6450.
  • Hayes Elementary School, Davenport – To get on a waiting list for fall call 563.723.6600.
  • Horace Mann Early Learning Center, Rock Island – To get on a waiting list for fall call 309.793.5928.
  • Lincoln Irving Elementary School, Moline – To get on a waiting list for fall call 309.743.1612.
  • Madison Elementary School, Davenport – To get on a waiting list for fall call 563.723.6750.
  • Mid City High School, Davenport
  • Monroe Elementary School, Davenport – Contact Judy Silverman at Monroe to get on a waiting list for fall at 563.723.6850.
  • Skip-A-Long Child Development Services, Rock Island – Contact Sasha Trice  to get on a waiting list for fall at 309.788.0426.

Please note that all academies are limited to 20 families at each location and are available first come first served. In order to participate in an academy, you must have a child who hasn’t yet entered kindergarten and/or be expecting a child.

Questions? Contact Leslee Cook at 563.344.0321.

Born Learning Trails

Get outside and visit a trail for outdoor fun and learning. Born Learning Trails are fun, physical learning activities designed for parents or caregivers to play with young children. These may include fun games or activities that can be found on aluminum signs such as count the number of flowers or colors nearby, hopscotch, identifying shapes, colors, and various images painted on the ground, and much more.

Born Learning Trails located in the Quad Cities:

  • Buffalo Park – 1115 Chestnut St., Buffalo
  • Camden Park – Highway 67 & Milan Beltway, Milan
  • Fairmount Pines Housing Complex – 4205 N Fairmount St., Davenport
  • Fejervary Park – 1800 W. 12th St., Davenport
  • Marquette Park – 3200 N. Marquette St., Davenport
  • Nahant Marsh – 4220 Wapello Ave., Davenport
  • Skip-A-Long Child Development Services – 1609 4th St., Rock Island

Born Learning is an initiative of Women United.



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