Monday, April 9 | Submitted by United Way of the Ozarks | Downtown Central
A press conference announcing a fun, new collaboration, Born 2 Learn-Springfield, is set for April 27, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at The Discovery Center, 438 E. St. Louis Street, Springfield, Missouri. The Family Passports, Downtown Circuit, and Kiosks will be unveiled.
Children begin learning at birth. The learning that occurs on a daily basis during parent and child interactions is critical, and helps to lay the foundation for school readiness. Skills such as counting, recognizing colors, identifying shapes and more can all be accomplished easily throughout the course of daily routines…but where to begin? What help exists for parents to know which skills to emphasize in their early learner? Fortunately, help is on the way!
What began as a conversation between Discovery Center and United Way grew into collaboration between United Way, Discovery Center of Springfield, YMCA, Springfield-Greene County Library District, Community Partnership of the Ozarks and Community Foundation of the Ozarks. This collaboration has produced a new resource for early learners and their families: the Born2Learn-Springfield program. Family Passports will guide participants to a variety of downtown locations where they can practice a variety of fun and easy activities essential to assisting young children in developing language, cognitive, creative and physical skills.
There is no fee to participate, and the activities are designed to be self-guided. Passports will be available beginning Saturday, April 28, 2012 during Community Wide Play Day at Fassnight Park from 10 am to 2 pm. Passports can also be found at Discovery Center, YMCA, Park Central Branch Library, Creamery Arts Center and the United Way office. The activities can be accomplished outside and participants can spend as much time on each activity as they like. Completing the circuit of activities can be spread out over days, weeks, or months and repeated as often as parents wish.
The goal in producing this resource is to address the Community Report Card’s school readiness red flag. These groups are providing the Born2Learn-Springfield family passport activity guide free to parents, care givers, pre-school providers and others. Activity descriptions will be posted in the windows of all participating organizations and several downtown businesses.
For more information on this program, contact Jennifer Kennally at United Way firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the partner agencies and the Born2Learn Family Passport check these websites:
Important support for Born2Learn-Springfield has been provided by Community Foundation of the Ozarks and Southern Missouri Container (SMC).