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Born Learning Trail created to promote early childhood learning and family fun!

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Learning happens everywhere a child goes, but parents, grandparents and caregivers may not always know how to support that learning. That won’t be the case at Urban Park, right here in Los Alamos! When Mom and Dad, Aunt Amy and Grandpa take their favorite young child to Urban Park now, they’ll be able to play fun games together that will help the child come to school ready to succeed. That’s because UWNNM, Los Alamos County, Metzger’s Do It Best and the YMCA YES Corp, along with some community volunteers will came together to create an outdoor interactive early learning Trail at Urban Park to help parents, grandparents and caregivers turn excursions into fun learning moments. 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, Recreation and Open Space Division and Metzger’s Do It Best.

Based on the latest early childhood research and approved by national early learning experts through United Way of America, the Born Learning 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. There are 10 signs on the Born Learning Trail, each including activities such as “Look, Learn and Laugh” and “Hop, Toss, Shake and Wiggle” Watch! Stop! Learn! Play! encourages the caregiver to follow the child’s lead, while building the child’s curiosity and confidence. 

Volunteer’s include United Way of Northern New Mexico Staff, Board, and Youth Team along with volunteers from the Los Alamos Family YMCA YES Corps

Classes from Little Forest Playschool and kids from Family Strengths Network are the initial testers of the trail.  We hope that many folks in our community can come out and enjoy it for years to

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