United Way Born Learning® Academies, driven by Toyota


The Education Alliance is pleased to announce the award of a grant from Toyota Motor Manufacturing, West Virginia, Inc. (TMMWV) to bring United Way Born Learning® Academies to Cabell, Putnam and Wayne Counties. Focusing on early childhood parental education and engagement, the Born Learning® Academy is an innovative program that will help address a critical need in West Virginia.  These school-based academies provide parents with the tools to help their children succeed in kindergarten and beyond. The Education Alliance will use the grant to provide funding for training and resources for the schools to assist them as they host the academies in the upcoming school year. 


2014-2015 United Way Born Learning® Academy pilot schools: 

Buffalo Elementary School, Putnam County 

East Lynn Elementary School, Wayne County

Highlawn Elementary School, Cabell County


School Resources:

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Meet and Greet Presentation


Click here for more information on the United Way Born Learning® Academy, or contact The Education Alliance at 304-342-7850 or info@educationalliance.org.


Statement of Support from Governor Earl Ray Tomblin:

“In West Virginia, we believe every child can learn.  Research shows children begin learning at birth and the first and most important educators our children have in their lives are their parents.  The United Way bornlearning® Academy encourages parents make the most of that opportunity, and supports a collaborative approach to early childhood development. This program helps parents engage with and learn teaching methods alongside teachers and other community members to give our children the best opportunities to succeed. I am thankful for this opportunity to expand early childhood education and development in the Mountain State.”


Statement of Support from West Virginia Board of Education President Gayle Manchin:

"The West Virginia Board of Education believes that assuring all young children have access to high-quality early childhood learning opportunities is critical to our state’s future success. The United Way Born Learning® Academy is an innovative program that provides tools for parents of young children to create these learning opportunities in everyday moments.  By engaging families in hands-on activities and discussion about what it means to be ready for kindergarten, parents are offered strategies they can use at home to maximize their child’s early learning and development.  We support the Toyota Born Learning® Academy as an excellent strategy to engage entire communities in the importance of education at every stage of a child’s life."


Statement of Support from West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Cabinet Secretary Karen L. Bowling:

“United Way Born Learning® Academy pilot program will offer many learning opportunities for West Virginia’s children,” West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Cabinet Secretary Karen L. Bowling said.  “The Academy is an innovative strategy that will help our children and families engage in appropriate educational activities to ensure the right path to learning.”


Toyota Born Learning® Academy is presented by: