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Born Learning/Born to Read Hays County

Born Learning/Born to Read  


Every new day holds numerous opportunities for young children to learn and grow. Each experience is a new opportunity of discovery for developing young brains. 


mom reading to baby

The United Way of Hays County Born Learning/Born to Read campaigngives parents and caregivers tools and resources to be their child's first teacher.

Young children learn from new experiences everyday. Parents, grandparents and caregivers can play an active role in making sure that their little ones get the best benefits from everyday interactions and play.

Doing laundry, trips to the grocery store, cooking dinner or walks around the neighborhood can be some of the best environments for young minds to learn new words, colors, shapes, numbers and counting.

United Way of Hays County has partnered with Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC), Seton Hospital, WIC, Hays County Health Department  and the San Marcos Public Library to provide every new mom who delivers in either country hospital with a booklet of parenting materials on encorporating learning into every day activities and how to care for young children, as well as a resource guide to loca l social and health services, a flyer on reading, a voucher for a library card and a new book of 50 first words, to start an at-home library.

Studies suggest there is a direct correlation between the number of books at home and level of educational attainment. This program is part of United Way of Hays County goals to increase the number of children entering school (kindergarten) ready to learn, increase the percentage of children reading on grade level by 3rd grade, and increase the number of young people who graduate from high school on-time. UWHC also aims to provide increased access to books and increased parental awareness of the value literacy.

 The simple, user-friendly full-color booklet guides parents and caregivers through the most crucial stages of their little one's life. Users find tips and tricks for maximizing playtime with their child, turning everyday activities into fun learning experiences. Users can also find worksheets on child development. All materials, and additional materials can be accessed on the Born Learning/Born to Read webpage.



Sunday Stories" family literacy events held the 2nd Sunday of each month at the San Marcos Public Library. Each month, kids and parents can enjoy an afternoon of guest readers, crafts and each attending family receives a free book.






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Sunday Stories

Learn more about the importance of early reading! 




A big special thank you to our sponsor...







For 2013, United Way of Hays County has made a strong commitment to:

  • Increase percentage of children who enter school (kindergarten) ready to learn.
  • Increase percentage of children reading on grade level by 3rd grade
  • Increase percentage of young people graduating from high school on time.