A Head Start on Science

Academy educator Tiffany Allen working on A Head Start On Science

A Head Start on Science is a partnership between the Academy, the Please Touch Museum and the School District of Philadelphia that provides 200 area preschool educators with hands-on training in inquiry science for the early childhood classroom. The program receives support from the Barra Foundation and PNC’s Grow Up Great with Science.

A Head Start on Science teachers participate in four workshops the first year, and three the following year. Over the two-year period, Academy educators will make five visits to each teacher’s classroom to model inquiry-based, science activities with students. Teachers also receive themed kits for their classrooms—from books to magnifying glasses to fossils! The year culminates in a special science day at the museum for students and their families.

For more information about this program, contact Tiffany Allen, Program Coordinator, at tallen@ansp.org.

A Head Start on Science Sponsors

The Barra Foundation, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit philanthropic organization that primarily serves the five-county area of Greater Philadelphia. The Foundation's principal focus is to make one-time and multi-year grants for innovative projects that aid in advancing the frontiers of knowledge in the fields of arts and culture, education, health and human services.

Grow Up Great with Science is PNC's new initiative to help foster a foundation in science for area preschoolers at a time when many educators have sought increased emphasis on the discipline. A study by the National Research Council recognized that providing young children with research-based mathematics and science learning is likely to pay off with increased achievement, literacy and work skills in these critical areas. The investment made by the PNC Foundation to the Academy is one of 15 grants in seven states and the District of Columbia in celebration of the fifth anniversary of PNC Grow Up Great, the 10-year, $100 million investment in early childhood education.