United Way Launches ‘Born Learning Trail’ to Promote Early Childhood Learning, Family Fun

Photo by Jeremy Varela


Learning happens everywhere a child goes, but parents, grandparents and caregivers may not always know how to support that learning.

All that changed when United Way of Northern New Mexico (UWNNM), Los Alamos County, Metzger’s “Do It Best” and the YMCA “YES” Corp, along with community volunteers, came together to create an outdoor early-learning trail at Urban Park to help adults turn excursions with young children into fun, interactive learning moments. The trail was unveiled June 19.

The “Born Learning Trail” is a series of learning activities that any adult can play with young children. It is sponsored by UWNNM Community Action Fund donors, Los Alamos County Parks, the Recreation and Open Space Division and Metzger’s “Do It Best.” 

Based on the latest early-childhood research, and approved by early-learning experts through United Way of America, the trail is designed to help adults interact with children to boost language and literacy development, and to help caregivers understand how to best support early learning in outdoor, everyday moments.

The “Born Learning Trail” features 10 signs, each including activities such as “Look, Learn and Laugh,” “Hop, Toss, Shake and Wiggle,” and “Watch! Stop! Learn! Play!” that encourage caregivers to follow a child’s lead while building their curiosity and confidence.






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