United Way Born Learning Academy

About Born Learning Academies

United Way strives to meet parents where they are. That’s the philosophy of the United Way Born Learning initiative, which has helped more than 15 million parents understand how to use everyday moments as learning moments. More than 600 United Ways and partner organizations have used Born Learning’s materials to help parents, families and caregivers to promote school readiness and literacy, and to enlist business leaders and decision makers in the cause.

The United Way Born Learning Academy uses the best of those proven tips, tools and resources to help families take a more active role in preparing their children for kindergarten. These free work- shops are for parents and caregivers of children, from birth to age five. For United Ways, it’s a low- cost investment in family engagement and school readiness, without having to create a new curriculum. Wherever you are in your early education work, United Way Born Learning Academy can add momentum, help leverage partnerships and deep- en your community impact work.

Through a series of six workshops held in local schools, the Born Learning Academy provides families and caregivers with practical, user-friendly ideas to turn everyday activities into learning moments.
The Born Learning Academy can do more than strengthen your community’s school readiness efforts—it can also help your school partners
engage families before kids start kindergarten. Founded on an evidence-based curriculum established by early childhood faculty at Northern Kentucky University, the workshops are led by trained professionals—usually teachers, principals or other education staff—and focus on the following topics:

  • Building Relationships
  • Building Your Child’s Language Skills
  • Nutrition and Health
  • How Children Learn
  • Routines and Learning on the Go


Outcomes and Measuring Results

In 2009, United Way of Greater Cincinnati Success By 6 partnered with Northern Kentucky University, Toyota and others to launch 90+ Academies across Kentucky. The results speak for themselves. Some 98 percent of parents reported using the concepts in their daily lives, and families overwhelmingly called the workshops useful to them and their children.

You will be able to demonstrate success, leveraging the Born Learning Academy’s built-in components that track parent progress in learning and applying workshop skills at home. Using Northern Kentucky University’s Early Childhood Database, schools and United Ways can demonstrate outcomes and make data-driven decisions about other school readiness or parent engagement efforts in real time.

To learn more about the inception of United Way Born Learning Academy in Northern Kentucky, please read our Case Study below. 

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UWBLA Case Study 1.64 MB