The Richmond Register

October 7, 2013

Free Toyota bornlearning Academy workshops return Oct. 22 in Berea


Register Staff Report

BEREA — Free workshops for parents and caregivers of children birth to age 5 are being offered for the second year at Berea Elementary School.

The workshops begin Oct. 22 and will continue once a month through April.

The two-hour bornlearning workshop are scheduled 5:30 p.m. and will include a free family meal. Child care will be provided while parents cover topics such as early learning, nutrition and health, routines and learning on-the-go, building your child’s language skills and building relationships.

Eastern Kentucky University health professor Barb Mills will return this year as the academy's workshop facilitator, however, several community partners also will be brought in to cover topics such as discipline, nutrition and exercise.

“We wanted to shake it up a bit this year,” said Diane Smith, director of Berea’s Family Resource and Youth Services Center. Smith wrote the grant proposal that brought the program to Berea.

As a result of a parent/caregiver survey given at the end of last year’s academy, Smith is working on a curriculum that will include new information for families who would like to return this year for the second set of workshops.

Child and family therapist and Berea College professor Ellen Burke will conduct a workshop on discipline and parenting techniques.

Berea’s academy began last year with the help of an $11,500 grant from Toyota’s manufacturing operations in Georgetown.

The Toyota bornlearning Academy, in partnership with United Way of Kentucky, teach parents and caregivers of children from prenatal to 5 years old how to turn everyday moments into learning opportunities. The academies are a part of a five-year, $1 million investment to establish Toyota bornlearning Academies at about 70 schools through 2016.

For details, contact Diane Smith at 986-4065 or diane.smith

@berea.kyschools.us.