Toyota expands early childhood learning program into Tri-State

Toyota announced Wednesday that its manufacturing operations in Kentucky will help United Way of Kentucky expand its innovative early childhood learning program in the Commonwealth.

The Toyota bornlearning Academy takes aim at the fact that three out of four Kentucky children are not prepared for kindergarten, according to the Kentucky Board of Education. Toyota says it will make a $1 million investment to establish Toyota bornlearning® Academies at about 70 Kentucky schools through 2016.

Two academies will be located right here in the Tri-State. One will be located at South Heights Elementary School in Henderson and the other at Foust Elementary in Owensboro.

The academies, which are free for participants, teach parents and caregivers of children from prenatal to five years old how to turn everyday moments into learning opportunities.

This school-based Academy consists of six workshop sessions that provide parents with the tools to help their children succeed in kindergarten and beyond.

The series teaches busy, overwhelmed parents and caregivers how to turn everyday moments into learning opportunities. The tools are easy, sometimes as simple as talking about the colors of the trucks that pass by while mom and baby head to the grocery store. The school-based workshops allow a meaningful conversation to start with parents early, offering them the essential building blocks of education to support their child's future academic successes and to create a strong connection between home and school. 

Parents of young children (prenatal to five years old) are engaged in hands-on activities and discussion about what it means to be ready for kindergarten and offered strategies they can use at home to maximize their child's early learning and development.

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