This partnership, funded by Toyota Motor Manufacturing, WV, Inc. and The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation, connects community members with their local education institutions by bringing parents directly into schools. It provides parents of children 0-4 years old with tools to help their children succeed in kindergarten and beyond. As part of the academies, the parents participate in six entertaining trainings, where they learn how to create teachable moments for their children.

The concept, based on the Harlem Children’s Zone Baby College, emphasizes the importance of early learning. This has proven to be an effective approach in low-income areas because, as research demonstrates, adults who have grown up in generational poverty need more help with becoming better parents. For instance, they often need hands-on assistance with building routines in their daily lives and in planning nutritional diets for their families.

2017-2018 United Way Born Learning Academy Schools: 

New Schools:

  • Bridge-Clendenin Elementary School, Kanawha County
  • Mylan Park Elementary School, Monongalia County
  • Tuscarora Elementary School, Berkeley County

Returning Schools:

  • Aurora Elementary School, Preston County
  • Blackshere Elementary School, Marion County
  • Brookview Elementary School, Boone County
  • Buffalo Elementary School, Putnam County   
  • Edgewood Elementary School, Kanawha County
  • Hamlin PK-8 School, Lincoln County
  • Highlawn Elementary School, Cabell County
  • Hometown Elementary School, Putnam County
  • Leon Elementary School, Mason County
  • New Manchester Elementary School, Hancock County
  • Poca Elementary School, Putnam County 

For more information on the United Way Born Learning Academy contact The Education Alliance at 304-342-7850 or