Learning Spaces, a community-based strategy designed to meet the developmental needs of young children and support the families, friends, or neighbors (FFNs) who care for them.

The Issue

During the first three years of life, emotionally nourishing relationships lay the foundation for lifelong health and well-being. Unfortunately, most of these vulnerable children are not in formal child care, nor connected to systems of support for positive development.

United Way's Role

United Way funds Learning Spaces, a community-based strategy designed to meet the developmental needs of young children and support the families, friends, or neighbors (FFNs) who care for them.

The Results

In 2016-17, Learning Spaces engaged 1,873 children and families in meaning play at Learning Spaces. In 2018, Learning Spaces will also serve as a vehicle for providing early developmental screening for very young children who would otherwise not be connected to this vital preventive service.