NEWS AND EVENTS
New Programs / Services
Look. Laugh. Play. Learn.
Introducing the Born Learning Play Path at Clear Creek Trail.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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