Learning Spaces

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

Learning Spaces is now on-demand, too!

Learning Spaces partners have created 130+ videos, of interactive learning activities; these videos are on United Way of Greater Atlanta’s YouTube channel.

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 and share helpful information. The instructors are very knowledgeable and their interaction with the children is remarkable. I hope that the program will stay around for years to come so that others can reap its benefits.

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

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

Benefits for Families and Children

  • 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

How to Participate

Learning Spaces partners 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..

Allen Temple AME Church
1625 J Boone Blvd. NW
Atlanta, GA 30314
Fridays 10am-12pm 

Metropolitan Library
1332 Metropolitan Pkwy.
Atlanta, GA 30310
Thursdays 10am-12pm 

Northwest Library
2489 Perry Boulevard
Atlanta, GA 30318
Tuesdays 10am-12pm 

South Fulton Library
4055 Flat Shoals Rd.
Union City, GA 30291
Mondays 10am-12pm 

Simpson Street
800 Joseph E Boone Blvd NW
Atlanta, GA 30314
Wednesdays 10am-12pm

Wolf Creek Library
3100 Enon Road
Atlanta, GA 30349
Fridays 10am-12pm 

Douglasville Library
6810 Selman Drive
Douglasville, GA 30134
Thursdays 10am-12pm

Peace Baptist Church
4000 Covington Highway
Decatur, GA 30032
Wednesday 10am- 12pm

779 Franklin Gateway
Marietta, GA 30067
Mondays 10am-12pm

YMCA/Custer Park Rec Center
600 Kenneth E Marcu Way
Marietta, GA 30060
Tuesday 10am-12pm

Walton Village
1570 Roberta Drive Southwest
Marietta, GA 30008
Wednesdays, 10am-12pm

Headquarters Library
865 Battle Creek Road
Jonesboro, GA 30236
Thursdays 10am-12pm

Riverdale Library
420 Valley Hill Road SW
Riverdale, GA 30274
Tuesdays 3-5pm

Forest Park Library
4812 West Street
Forest Park, GA 30297
Wednesdays 3-5pm

Northwest Library
6131 Riverdale Road
Riverdale, GA 30274
Mondays 3pm-5pm