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Every Child Ready to Succeed in Kindergarten

Women United launched Born Learning, an initiative focused on the fact that a child’s first, best teacher is a parent.


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.

  • Low-income children hear as many as 30 million fewer words than their more affluent peers.
  • 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.

The Plan

  • Born Learning Academies – Workshops 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 to play with young children in an outdoor setting, featuring nine activities to promote early 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.

host a hygiene drive

Women United conducts drives to collect hygiene items for families struggling to meet their basic needs. It's easy to host a hygiene drive for your group or company. Contact Amy Barnett at 563.344.0328 to get started. Here are the items needed:

  • Diapers and pull-ups
  • Baby wipes
  • Baby shampoo and baby wash
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Body wash and bar soap
  • Toothbrushes, toothpaste, and dental floss
  • Deodorant
  • Combs and hairbrushes
  • Tampons and feminine napkins

Sign up to host a hygiene drive here.

Our Goal

Our goal is to raise $2.2 million for the first five years of the Born Learning initiative.

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Make a one-time minimum $2,500 investment to become a Charter Woman. 

Questions? Contact Jen von Kaenel or call 563.344.0340.