“The [Museum] has given us the opportunity to connect the child, the parent and the school to a wider community, broadening our horizons.”
– Patty Scheidler, Teacher, Commodore Stockton Early Education School, SFUSD
“Our partnership with you has been so rewarding; I have only positive things to say about our three years. I have many returning children, and that made having relationships with your staff easier and much deeper.”
– Penny Wendell, Teacher, Marin Head Start
Connections at the Museum
Connections, a comprehensive outreach program, aims to create sustainable relationships between the Museum and the diverse communities of the Bay Area. The Museum invites preschools to visit five times annually to experience child-directed play in our immersive exhibits. Additionally, Museum educators provide hands-on programming that deepens children's relationship to the natural world. Through exploration, collaboration and guidance from adults, big discoveries happen. And so, our Museum community grows!
Connections in the Classroom
Connections’ reach extends far beyond the museum’s physical location. Staff members visit the partnering preschools to broaden the scope of the program. Ongoing support throughout the school year helps teachers connect the Museum experience into their classroom curriculum.
Who are the Connections partners?
The Museum is currently partnering with 35 local preschools, including nearly 1,700 participating children, through Marin Head Start, Community Action Marin Child Development Program, San Francisco Unified School District Child Development Program, Wu Yee Children’s Services, the Model Centers funded by Mimi and Peter Haas, and Contra Costa Head Start. Each participating school has committed to work with the Museum for multiple years in order to create meaningful relationships between the children, teachers, families and the Museum.
For more information, contact Heather Miller at hmiller(at)badm.org or (415) 339-3916.
Pictures from Connections visits
Special Thanks to the Generous Funders of Connections:
Fullerton Family Foundation
Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation
Mimi and Peter Haas Fund
JPMorgan Chase Foundation
Kreitzberg Family Foundation
Thomas J. Long Foundation
The Bernard Osher Foundation
The San Francisco Foundation
Irene S. Scully Family Foundation
Molly West & Charles Slaughter
The Dean Witter Foundation