"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

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


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.

The 2022 Learning Spaces calendar of events is below. Please note that events are not taking place in July. 

Clayton County

Headquarters Library
865 Battle Creek Road
Jonesboro, GA 30236

All events occur 10am-12pm 
Learning Spaces:
every Thursday
Literacy Pop-Up:
2nd Thursday of the month
Community Resource Fair:
4th Thursday of the month

Riverdale Library 
420 Valley Hill Road SW
Riverdale, GA 30274 

All events occur 3pm-5pm 
Learning Spaces:
every Tuesday
Literacy Pop-Up:
2nd Thursday of the month
Community Resource Fair:
4th Tuesday of the month

Forest Park Library
4812 West Street
Forest Park, GA 30297

All events occur 3pm-5pm
Learning Spaces:
every Wednesday
Literacy Pop-Up:
2nd Wednesday of the month
Community Resource Fair:
4th Wednesday of the month

Northwest Library
6131 Riverdale Road
Riverdale, GA 30274

All events occur 3pm-5pm
Learning Spaces:
every Monday
Literacy Pop-Up:
2nd Monday of the month
Community Resource Fair:
4th Monday of the month

Cobb County
DeKalb County
Douglas County
Fulton County