"The program has made a huge impact on my child and myself. We look forward to attending the program each week. It has been a great way to meet others andshare helpful information . The instructors are very knowledgeable and their interaction with the children is remarkable. I hope that the program will stay around foryears to come so that other scan reap its benefits.”

What is Learning Spaces?

Learning Spaces is an early learning initiative designed for caregivers,childcare providers and children birth to five years old. Through collaborationwith local libraries and early childhood professionals, it has been developed tobe a preschool program in non-traditional spaces. The program raisesawareness about the role of child’s first teacher and provides meaningfulengagement with caregivers.

Since launching in 2016, children & families have been engaged in over 8,000 experiences of meaningful play at Learning Spaces.

Benefits for children and families:

  • Social interaction for children and families
  • Quality, formal preschool experiences
  • Age-appropriate play
  • Healthy snacks
  • Safe and nurturing environment
  • Pertinent information on school readiness
  • Coaching support while learning about being a child’s first teacher
  • Quality time with children
  • Year-round schedule keeps children and family engaged
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Bright by Text is a nationwide text messaging platform that supports parents and caregivers of children -- from prenatal to age eight – to help them make the most of everyday interactions. 

The service is free for Georgia parents and caregivers of children from prenatal to age eight and offered through a partnership between Georgia Public Broadcasting and United Way of Greater Atlanta. 

Text the word“GPB” to 274448 or sign up here

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How to Participate

Learning Spaces partners also host Literacy Pop-ups, designed to keep children and families engaged in language rich discussions and materials while learning at home. Parents or caregivers can drive by a convenient location to pick up resources for children to supplement online learning opportunities. Bags are provided to children (birth to 5) – inside they will find a colorful engaging storybook with an extension guide packed with developmentally appropriate activities, other resources, a healthy snack and water. Families can sign up for Learning Spaces partner resources including Ferst Readers or Bright by Text at each literacy event. Each Literacy Pop-up takes place from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. or 3 p.m. - 5 p.m..

Learning Spaces is now on-demand, too! Learning Spaces partners have created 130+ videos, of interactive learning activities; these videos are on the YouTube United Way of Greater Atlanta’s channel.

Headquarters Library
865 Battle Creek Road
Jonesboro, GA 30236

Weekly
Thurs., 10a-12p

Literacy Pop-Up
2nd Thurs., 10a-12p

Community Resource Fair
4th Thurs., 10a-12p

Riverdale Library 
420 Valley Hill Road SW
Riverdale, GA 30274 

Weekly
Mon., 10a-12p

Literacy Pop-Up
2nd Mon., 10a-12p

Community Resource Fair
4th Mon., 10a-12p

Forest Park Library
4812 West Street
Forest Park, GA 30297

Weekly
Wed., 3-5p

Literacy Pop-Up
2nd Wed., 3-5p

Community Resource Fair
4th Wed., 3-5p

Northwest Library
6131 Riverdale Road
Riverdale, GA 30274

Weekly
Mon., 3-5p

Literacy Pop-Up
2nd Mon., 3-5p

Community Resource Fair
4th Mon., 3-5p

Allen Temple AME Church
1625 J Boone Blvd. NW
Atlanta, GA 30314

Weekly
Fri., 10a-12p

Literacy Pop-Up
2nd Fri., 10a-12p

Community Resource Fair
4th Fri., 10a-12p

West Atlanta Community Outreach
800 Joseph E Boone Blvd NW
Atlanta, GA 30314

Weekly
Wed., 10a-12p

Literacy Pop-Up
2nd Wed., 10a-12p

Community Resource Fair
4th Wed., 10a-12p

Metropolitan Library
1332 Metropolitan Pkwy.
Atlanta, GA 30310

Weekly
Thurs., 10a-12p

Literacy Pop-Up
2nd Thurs., 10a-12p

Community Resource Fair
4th Thurs., 10a-12p

Wolf Creek Library
3100 Enon Road
Atlanta, GA 30349

Weekly
Fri., 10a-12p

Literacy Pop-Up
2nd Fri., 10a-12p

Community Resource Fair
4th Fri., 10a-12p

Northwest Library
2489 Perry Boulevard
Atlanta, GA 30318

Weekly
Tues., 10a-12p

Literacy Pop-Up
2nd Tues., 10a-12p

Community Resource Fair
4th Tues., 10a-12p

South Fulton Library
4055 Flat Shoals Rd.
Union City, GA 30291

Weekly
Mon., 10a-12p

Literacy Pop-Up
2nd Mon., 10a-12p

Community Resource Fair
4th Mon., 10a-12p

Peace Baptist Church
4000 Covington Highway
Decatur, GA 30032

Weekly
Wed., 10a-12p

Literacy Pop-Up
2nd Wed., 10a-12p

Community Resource Fair
4th Wed., 10a-12p

YMCA/YELLS Marietta
779 Franklin Gateway
Marietta, GA 30067

Weekly 
Thurs., 10a-12p

Literacy Pop-Up
2nd Thurs., 10a-12p

Community Resource Fair
4th Thurs., 10a-12p

YMCA/Custer Park Rec Center
600 Kenneth E Marcu Way
Marietta, GA 30060

Weekly
Mon., 4-6p

Literacy Pop-Up
2nd Mon., 4-6p

Community Resource Fair
4th Mon., 4-6p

Douglasville Library
6810 Selman Drive
Douglasville, GA 30134

Weekly
Thurs., 10a-12p

Literacy Pop-Up
2nd Thurs., 10a-12p

Community Resource Fair
4th Thurs., 10a-12p