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Born Learning Trails

Born Learning Trails!

These are a series of 10 interactive signs that are fun for young children and families! 

Trail locations: 

  • Shanahan Field-Charlevoix, MI
  • Rotary Park- Boyne City, MI
  • East Jordan Elementary School- East Jordan, MI
  • Community Center- Beaver Island, MI
  • Boyne Falls Elementary School-Boyne Falls, MI


Did you know that 85% of brain development happens before the age of 5? Research consistently shows that the first few years of life are critical to a child's development.

United Way’s Born Learning initiative helps parents, caregivers, and our community support positive early childhood development. Born Learning provides easy research-based ways to turn everyday moments into fun learning opportunities for young children. Quality early learning results in reduced crime, less teen pregnancy, more high school graduates, and more individual success in work and life.

Free Born Learning materials are available for download. Char-Em United Way has a strong focus on early childhood and early learning & literacy. We are happy to share these materials with local families and organizations.


Do you want to strengthen education in our community?

Please consider donating to the United Way Education Priority Fund. This fund helps children achieve their potential through cradle-to-career initiatives that ensure kids enter kindergarten ready to learn and graduate high school ready to find success in college or career.