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The Calvert Marine Museum recently received a grant for $5,500 from the PNC Foundation to fund opportunities for pre-school children in the Southern Maryland region. PNC’s Grow Up Great program is designed to help prepare children — particularly underserved children — from birth to age 5 for success in school and life, a press release states.
Through Grow Up Great, PNC emphasizes the importance of the first five years of life, which research has shown is critical to long-term achievement, according to the release. The program helps families, educators and community partners provide innovative opportunities that enhance learning and development in a child’s early years.
The Calvert Marine Museum already offers two monthly programs for this age group: Sea Squirts for children 18 months to 3 years, and Little Minnows for children 3 to 5 years old, the release states. Through the Grow Up Great funding, the museum will be bringing in special guests to enhance program offerings. On Oct. 25, the Department of Natural Resources Scales and Tales program was presented to an “awe-struck group” of Little Minnows and their parents, according to the release. The naturalist showed three different types of owls, a patterned corn snake and a falcon as part of the program. On Nov. 16, special guest Jennifer Anderson will present Fishy Fun, a musical program for the Sea Squirts. All sponsored programs are free with the help of PNC. Special guests will be appearing monthly throughout the year.
In addition to the monthly programs, the grant is supporting outreach for underserved children in the area. Museum staff will be able to deliver one of three programs to designated pre-schools: Fossils are Fun, Marsh Animals, or What Floats Your Boat — all supported by the PNC grant, the release continues. These programs are in development and will be available starting in January of 2013.
On April 20, 2013, the museum will host a “Bring Your Parent to the Museum Day” as part of this program. Free for children 5 and under and their families, this is an opportunity for parents to watch museum staff model fun and interactive ways to use the museum as a learning experience for the whole family, according to the release.
For more information about the upcoming PNC sponsored programs or the outreach offerings, go to www.calvertmarinemuseum.com/education/education-youth-about.php, or check the calendar of events online.