Museum as a Resource
Museum as a Resource is a parent engagement program to help parents and/or teachers shed stereotypes about learning in museums and hone the skills and confidence necessary to expose children to enriching experiences in the community. The “learning through looking” structure builds on what parents ( and/or teachers) already know and supports discovery based learning with young children.
Adults strengthen their own observation, critical thinking and communications skills and learn to use inquiry – the art of asking open-ended questions – to turn objects and environments into conversation starters with young children. Weekend Family Field trips support parents as they try out their new skills in the company of other families from their Head Start or school.
LearnLead provides materials and technical assistance to support this program. We collaborate with local museum educators and volunteers in each community to reinforce local strengths and enhance capacity for ongoing programming for families with young children.
Museum as a Resource was designed under the auspices of the National Head Start Association and museum educators in Washington, DC and Dayton, Ohio, with support from the Freddie Mac Foundation, the Eugene and Agnes Meyer Foundation, the Kovler Family Fund and the Mead Foundation.
Museum as a Resource
Head Start Agencies: Arlington County Public Schools Head Start, District of Columbia Public Schools Head Start, Fairfax County Public Schools Head Start, Miami Valley Head Start (Dayton, Ohio), Morgan State University Head Start (Baltimore, MD) Prince George’s County Public School Head Start. St. Jerome’s Head Start (Baltimore, MD) Museums: Anacostia Museum of Art, Audubon Museum (Dayton Ohio) Corcoran Museum of Art, Dayton (Ohio) Museum of Art Dayton (Ohio) Museum of Natural History Dayton (Ohio) Science Museum, Freer Museum of Art and Sackler Gallery of Art, Hirshhorn Museum of Art, Museum of African Art, Museum of American Art, Museum of American History, National Building MUseum, National Gallery of Art
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