Itty Bitty Science: Collaborative of Early Science Learning Museums Partner with Head Start to Promote Science

Thursday, November 16, 2017
Resource Type:
Peer-reviewed article | Research Products
Environment Type: 
Museum and Science Center Programs, Professional Development, Conferences, and Networks, Professional Development and Workshops, Museum and Science Center Exhibits, Informal/Formal Connections, Pre-K/Early Childhood Programs
Pre-K Children (0-5) | Families | Parents/Caregivers | Educators/Teachers | Museum/ISE Professionals | Evaluators | Learning Researchers
Education and learning science | General STEM | Nature of science
Access and Inclusion: 
Low Socioeconomic Status
Sciencenter, Turtle Bay Exploration Park, Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science, St. Louis Science Center , Bay Area Discovery Museum, Tompkins Community Action

This article focuses on the efforts of the Collaborative for Early Science Learning (CESL), a group of six museums led by the Sciencenter in Ithaca, New York, that partner with their local Head Start programs to provide training for teachers and opportunities for family engagement. These efforts address the gap between children’s readiness to explore science through everyday experiences and adults’ support. CESL believes that hands-on professional development (PD) opportunities for teachers and families can reduce adult discomfort with facilitating science programming and increase their confidence (McClure et al. 2017).

Publication Name: 
Connected Science Learning

Team Members

Laurinda WillardLaurinda WillardAuthor
Melissa ThomasMelissa ThomasAuthor
Zoe PetersZoe PetersAuthor
Carrie JubranCarrie JubranAuthor

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