The Born Learning Trail is a fun, easy way for parents, grandparents, and caregivers to use outings to build learning experiences critical for school readiness for children age birth to five. A series of signs offering educational games (approved by experts) guide adults on specific ways to create learning games outdoors and suggest tips to use at home. Trails are conveniently installed near playgrounds.


Program Reach

  • trail guides families through an engaging path of interactive activities that promote language and pre-literacy skills, motor skills and school readiness
  • 10 stations at each trail, with signs in both English and Spanish


Program Locations

Flodin Boys & Girls Club - 1000 Mills Road, Rockford, Ill. (around playground)

Levings Lake Park - 1420S. Pierpont Avenue, Rockford, Ill. (middle of the park, around playground near Stone Shelter)

Donald C. Parker Early Education Center - 808 Harlem Road, Machesney Park, Ill. (around community playground)

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