June 9 program at the Museum focuses on early childhood resources for Newark parents and their preschoolers
by Newswire | June 6, 2017
Hundreds of Newark families with preschool-aged children are scheduled to attend the fifth annual Family Preschool Night at the Newark Museum on June 9 from 3-7 pm.
Co-organized by the Museum and the Office of Early Childhood Education at Newark Public Schools, the event provides Newark families with information on resources and programs that support children and families citywide. The event, attended last year by more than 900 families, is sponsored by Newark Public Schools and the Nicholson Foundation. Additional support comes from United Way, WNET, HITN and New Jersey Public Television. Thanks to a generous grant from the Prudential Foundation, Newark residents who attend the Family Preschool Night can sign up for a free Family Membership to the Museum.
Families and children engage in activities developed by the Museum, Newark teachers and other community agencies to support year-long learning and prevent summer learning loss.
Interactive learning stations will be set up throughout the Museum. Gallery tours and hands-on activities in the Museum’s collections of Native Artist, and American art, the science collection of Dynamic Earth, planetarium shows and the newly installed MakerSPACE will highlight examples of fun, inspired exploration and creativity that lead to learning. Teachers will model and facilitate effective activities that parents and children can easily replicate at home, focused on math, social studies, science, literacy, arts and technology. Books and other resources will be distributed free of charge to all attendees.
Additional highlights include planetarium shows; meet and greet programs with the Curious George and Clifford the Big Red Dog; Whole Foods and yoga demonstrations; and raffle drawings for prizes. Light refreshments will be served. Families interested in registering for the event should contact their parent liaison or family worker.
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