The Born Learning Trail at Forest Park was officially opened Monday, allowing parents to encourage children to begin learning at a younger age.
"Research tells us children are literally born learning," United Way Success By 6 Leadership Committee Chair Nancy Rogers said. "That means five years of education takes place before they ever enter kindergarten. We know that what happens in a child's early years matters -- for success in the life and for school readiness."
Sponsored by the United Way of the Wabash Valley and the Brazil City Parks Department, the trail encourages parents to take an integral part in the developmental process of children.
"Parents and guardians have to work with the children," Brazil City Parks Board President Ruth Ann Jeffries said. "The age group this is directed towards will need the parent involvement to read the signs and follow the directions."
The signs are installed around the playground at Forest Park, and park employees and community volunteers installed them.
"We appreciate the efforts of the Brazil Parks Department, the United Way of the Wabash Valley, the Brazil Park Board and the United Way Success by 6 Leadership Committee to provide a trail for the children of Clay County," Linking Education to Adults, Adolescents and Preschoolers (LEAAP) Center Coordinator Mary Yelton said.
"We hope the Born Learning Trail will help our community do even more to prepare our children for success in school and life."