Born Learning Trail

BLT General Sign

The United Way Born Learning Trail is an interactive, playful and visible community engagement tool, designed to help parents, caregivers and communities support early learning. The Trail is a community change strategy, helping boost children’s language and literacy skills — and encouraging families to get active.

Born Learning Trails help boost a child’s language and literacy skills through fun and games — important components of early childhood learning. Born Learning Trails are designed to offer parents, caregivers and communities support in the area of early childhood education, in addition to encouraging families to get active. Studies show that children who enter Kindergarten with the social, emotional and cognitive skills needed for success are more likely to do well in school, graduate, and go do college.

At the Trail, there are several skill developing activities for children to play on — such as hopscotch with numbers, shapes, and ABC’s.

For example:

  • Watch! Stop! Learn! Play! Encourages the caregiver to follow the child’s lead, building the child’s curiosity and confidence.
  • See! Say! Point! Pretend! Encourages playfulness with letters and sounds, building pre-literacy skills.
  • Jump! Clap! Skip! More! Encourages physical activity and gross motor skills, which are important for kindergarten.
  • Look! Listen! Touch! Think! Encourages exploration of nature, building a child’s problem-solving skills.

Visit Born Learning Trail at these locations!

  • Skokie
  • Palatine
  • Schaumburg
  • Chicago (coming soon!)

Please return soon to learn about a Born Learning Trail being built in your community!


Skokie Born Learning Trail: Devonshire Park, 4422 Greenwood Street, Skokie, IL 60076

In 2012, United Way, in partnership with NorthShore University HealthSystem Skokie Hospital, Skokie Park District and more, partnered to create an outdoor, interactive early-learning Born Learning Trail in Skokie to help parents, grandparents and caregivers turn excursions into fun learning moments.

Skokie BLT Skokie Ribbon Cutting

Skokie Park District Devonshire Park

Skokie Park District Born Learning Trail


Palatine Born Learning Trail: Palatine Opportunity Center, 1585 N. Rand Road, Palatine, IL 60074

In 2013, United Way, in partnership with Zurich NA and the Palatine Opportunity Center created an indoor, interactive early-learning Born Learning Trail at the Palatine Opportunity Center. This Trail will help parents, grandparents and caregivers turn their community center into fun learning moments. In addition, The Center Resources for Teaching and Learning will utilize the Trail with the families they serve. And finally, daycare and preschool teachers at the POC will utilize the Trail as part of their curriculum.

POC Hopscotch POC Ribbon Cutting

Palatine Opportunity Center

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The Center Resources for Teaching and Learning


Schaumburg Born Learning Trail: Alfred Campanelli YMCA, 300 W Wise Road, Schaumburg, IL 60193

In 2013, United Way, in partnership with Zurich NA and the Alfred Campanelli YMCA, created an outdoor, interactive early-learning Born Learning Trail at the Alfred Campanelli YMCA. This Trail will help parents, grandparents and caregivers turn excursions into fun learning moments.

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Campanelli YMCA

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