[West Hartford, CT, Oct 4, 2022] The Children’s Museum has received a four-year, $1.6 million U.S. Department of Education grant for the novel Center for STEAM Advancement Collaborative, which will deliver educational enrichment programs to Hartford children and their caregivers.
The Collaborative includes the Hartford Parent University, the Hartford Youth Scholars, the YMCA of Greater Hartford, the Legacy Foundation of Hartford, and The Children’s Museum with organizational oversight by the City of Hartford Treasurer’s Office. STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) based programs will be provided to Hartford children from kindergarten through college with the goal of significantly enhancing their personal and career development opportunities.
This program award is the result of a two year planning effort funded by Voya Foundation and CT Department of Economic and Community Development. It was greatly facilitated by the offices of Senators Blumenthal and Murphy. This Collaborative came about because of the vision and hard work of Adam Cloud, City of Hartford’s recently retired Treasurer, and Peter Stevens, the Museum’s Board Chair.
They brought the collaborators together to pursue this innovative program structured to focus on assisting youth and their families from under-resourced Hartford communities in strengthening their STEAM-based skills from kindergarten through college. The current City of Hartford’s Treasurer, Carmen I. Sierra, will continue the collaboration to pursue this new program.
About The Children’s Museum Group
The Children’s Museum Group includes the Museum and Preschool on its West Hartford campus and the Roaring Brook Nature Center in Canton, CT. Founded in Hartford in 1927, it is the fifth oldest Children’s Museum in the country. Its mission is to inspire life-long learning among children and their caregivers by providing experiential learning programs covering STEAM, health, nature and the environment.
The Children’s Museum Group offers live virtual and in-person school and summer vacation science camps, field trips, birthday parties, traveling classroom programs (outreach), behind-the-scenes sanctuary tours, library programs and animal demonstrations. The Children’s Museum Group is the largest third-party supplier of NGSS-aligned (Next Generation Science Standard) STEM/STEAM-based educational programs in Connecticut. The Children’s Museum Preschool offers a year round and full day, play-based preschool curriculum with an emphasis on both social development and STEAM enrichment. Roaring Brook Nature Center offers school and summer vacation nature camps, field trips, birthday parties, animal demonstrations, and a regular schedule of concerts and seasonal nature programs designed to increase awareness, appreciation, and knowledge of the natural world, and the interrelationships that exist between people and the changing environment.
The Children’s Museum is part of The Children’s Museum Group, a registered 501 (c)(3) Its mission is to inspire life-long learning among children and their caregivers by providing experiential learning programs covering STEAM, health, nature and the environment.
For more information about the museum’s hours and admission fees, please visit www.thechildrensmuseumct.org.