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Partnership with Children’s Museum Helps to Provide City’s Families with Early Learning Tips

Partnership with Children’s Museum Helps to Provide City’s Families with Early Learning Tips

A first-of-its-kind partnership between Vroom, an early learning initiative of the Bezos Family Foundation and the Children's Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus is using leading research on early brain development to provide families with ways to enhance the development of their children.

The partnership, which is hosting its launch event on October 1, is a further articulation of the important educational role museums play in communities, particularly in low-income ones that lack sufficient resources.

Together, Vroom and the The Children's Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus have "redesigned under-leveraged spaces and locations throughout the museum, transforming them into places for parents and children to have high quality interactions that enhance early brain development,” said Vroom in a statement.

Throughout their museum visit, families will be exposed to “brain building moments,” or crucial pieces of knowledge to take home with them to keep their child’s learning going. These brain building moments are inclusive of all families as they are bilingual.

"Vroom's bilingual brain building tips are placed on decals throughout the Children's Museum in unexpected locations such as bathrooms, water fountains, lockers, stairs, and [the] parking lot, to encourage parents and caregivers to make every moment a brain building moment for their child.”

Vroom, an organization developed by scientists, community leaders and trusted brands, aims to help families where early education resources are lacking. Built on the research that children develop the foundation for learning within their first five years of development, Vroom provides families with tools and activities to nurture their child’s growing mind without stepping too far outside of the daily routine.

On October 1, the launch event "will bring hundreds of families from around Denver to a no-cost event held before the museum's daily opening, ensuring that community members from all socioeconomic backgrounds have the opportunity to learn about early development and brain building.”

While investing in and improving early education in U.S. communities is currently a national initiative as the country comes to terms with its importance in childhood development, many communities especially low-income ones lack the proper resources to enroll all children.

Not to mention researchers from the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment at the University of California, Berkeley recently performed a state-by-state analysis of the U.S. and found all states to be lacking affordable and high-quality services, with few policies on the books to make improvements. 

Partnerships like this one between Vroom and the Children's Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus offer young learners a a chance to develop to their brightest potential regardless of their economic status.

Read more about Vroom here and the Children's Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus here.

Nicole Gorman, Senior Education World Contributor

9/20/2016

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