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Look. Laugh. Play. Learn.

Introducing the Born Learning Play Path at Clear Creek Trail.

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The Clear Creek Trail, which extends 2.4 miles from Country Club Drive to Church Lane, has a new feature designed to support early learning.

Monroe Smart Start, United Way of Monroe County, and the City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation have partnered to bring Born Learning to the Clear Creek Trail.

The Born Learning Play Path is part of the United Way's Born Learning initiative, designed to help parents, caregivers and communities support early childhood development. Born Learning provides research-based ways to turn everyday moments into fun learning opportunities for young children. Want to know about Born Learning? Visit www.monroeunitedway.org/bornlearning.

The Born Learning Play Path features 10 fun, outdoor games on signs that will engage children and their families. Use of the Clear Creek Trail and the Born Learning Play Path is free. The Clear Creek Trail is open daily from 5 a.m. until 11 p.m. and is wheelchair accessible. This paved trail and play path are also accessible to strollers and bicycles. The Play Path is approximately 300 feet long and begins just past the footbridge, immediately south of the That Road trailhead on the Clear Creek Trail.

The Smart Start Directory: Your Monroe County Guide for Birth is currently being developed by volunteer members of Monroe Smart Start. This directory will be a comprehensive directory to all types of programs and services for children birth to five in Monroe County - a central place for the collection, classification, and distribution of information about services and programs for children birth to five in Monroe County. The Smart Start Directory will offer Monroe County parents, caregivers, providers and residents one-stop shopping for information about early childhood development, local resources and organizations, and free and low-cost activities and events for young children at home and around the county.

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We need your participation in order to make this a comprehensive list of what our county has to offer families of children birth to five. If you provide some type of service or program for children birth to five and would like to be included in this resource, Please click here to download the Smart Start Directory letter and Registration form.

Completed forms can be returned to:

Monroe Smart Start
P.O. Box 5513
Bloomington, IN 47402


Via E-mail to: director@monroesmartstart.org

New Resources
Monroe Smart Start has developed a list of 10 simple tips for raising children who are ready for school. Click here to download the Pillars of Parenting

Click here to print the Pillars as downloadable PDFS
Pillars 1 - Pick Me Up
Pillars 2 - Routines
Pillars 3 - Safe+Loved
Pillars 4 - Feed Healthy Food
Pillars 5 - Read Sing
Pillars 6 - Learn At Play
Pillars 7 - Moments To Teach
Pillars 8 - Quality Child Care
Pillars 9 - Look My Eyes
Pillars 10 - Take Care Self


A summary of the October 19th Smart Start Coalition meeting is available by clicking here

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