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United Way Born Learning Academies


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 through a series of free workshops for parents and caregivers of children, from birth to age five.

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. Founded on an evidence-based curriculum established by early childhood faculty at Northern Kentucky University, the workshops are led by trained professionals 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

Find your local Born Learning Academy below to get started on the path to kindergarten readiness. Don’t see a location close to you? Contact United Way of Central Kentucky at 270.737.6608 to learn about bringing a Born Learning Academy to your area.

Born Learning Trails

As an extension of Academies, United Way’s Born Learning Trails feature age-appropriate activities and games on engaging signs placed along a trail and help create learning opportunities for a young child. Find your nearest Trail at:

  • Funtopia (American Legion Park) in Elizabethtown
  • North Park Elementary School in Radcliff
  • Creekfront Park in Hodgenville

2018-2019 Born Learning Schedule

Brandenburg Primary School

  • District/Location: Meade County Schools/Brandenburg
  • Point of Contact: Andrea Pike-Goff
  • Email:
  • Program Dates/Times: October 9th, October 16th, October 23rd, October 30th, November 13th, November 20th
  • All sessions are from 5:30pm to 7:00pm EST

Panther Academy

  • District/Location: Elizabethtown Ind. Schools
  • Point of Contact: Pam Haire
  • Email:
  • Program Dates/Times: October 16th, November 13th, December 11th, February 19th, March 19th, April 16th, Graduation Meeting Date TBD
  • All sessions are from 5:00pm to 6:30pm EST

Clarkson Elementary

  • District/Location: Grayson County Schools/Clarkson
  • Point of Contact: Ann Brooks
  • Email:
  • Program Dates/Times: October 18th & November 15th
  • All sessions are from 4:30pm to 6:00pm CST.

Lawler Elementary School

  • District/Location: Grayson County Schools/Leitchfield
  • Point of Contact: Barbara Allen
  • Email:
  • Program Dates/Times: September 4th, October 9th, November 13th, December 4th, January 8th, February 5th, March 5th, & April 9th (make-up date)
  • All sessions are from 5:30pm to 7:00pm CST

Download the 2018/2019 Born Learning Flyer here.



Thank you to our 2018/2019 Born Learning Academy Sponsor