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New Program Launched as "pilot" in Fulton

For Immediate Release – (April 23, 2018)

STERLING, IL –  The United Way of Whiteside County will launch a new educational program geared toward parents of young children as a pilot in Fulton in the fall of 2018.ParentsChildrenWalkingHoldingHands

Through a series of six free workshops held in local schools, this signature United Way program, called Born Learning Academy, provides families and caregivers with practical, user-friendly ideas to turn everyday activities into learning moments. The Born Learning Academy is geared toward families with children from birth to age five. It focuses on teaching parents to be their child’s first teachers by turning everyday experiences into best-practice learning opportunities designed to prepare children for kindergarten.

Fulton resident Rosemary Huisingh, who partnered with television station WQPT in the Quad Cities to bring Scratch Jr. Coding classes to Riverbend Elementary School, has entered a new partnership with United Way of Whiteside County to help bring this opportunity to Fulton and later, more of Whiteside County.

The Born Learning Academy can do more than strengthen your community’s school readiness efforts. It can also help your school partners engage families before children start kindergarten.

“We are ecstatic to kick off yet another important initiative for children in and around Fulton,” said United Way of Whiteside County CEO Diana Verhulst. This initiative will strengthen our relationship with Fulton-area children who are already benefitting from our book giveaway – called LIFE -- and our free lunch program, Verhulst said.

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