Early Learning Program Set To Launch In 2015

STEM-Based Early Learning Program Set To Launch At Pacific Science Center In January 2015.


Contact: Katelyn Del Buco
kdelbuco@pacsci.org; (206) 269-5728

Proton Preschool to Introduce Early Learners to Scientific Inquiry

Research shows the early years of a child’s life are the most critical window in which to develop a child’s full potential and maximize key academic, social and cognitive skills that determine not only success in school, but in life. The new Proton Preschool, at Pacific Science Center’s main campus, will introduce early learners to scientific inquiry, inspire curiosity, nurture developmental needs and cultivate a lifelong learner.

Proton Preschool will leverage science to facilitate powerful learning experiences through hands-on, play-based activities and investigations - essential components of any early childhood setting. Weekly themes and daily activities are designed to meet the specific developmental needs of early learners through basic science concepts while utilizing the incredible resources Pacific Science Center has to offer.

“In Proton Preschool, we develop children’s cognitive, social and emotional skills by providing them with engaging experiences designed to stimulate rich conversations with their surroundings and with each other,” said Ann McMahon, vice president of science and education for Pacific Science Center. “Our emphasis on cognitive and social experiences in all our early learning programs enhances each child’s lifelong learning skills while fostering respect for the world around them.”

The addition of Pacific Science Center’s first on-site preschool addresses the need for increased early learning opportunities in the United States, ranked 25th in the world in the enrollment of 4 year olds in preschool. Because children are naturally equipped to learn through observation and because the brain is a pattern-seeking machine, science is an ideal catalyst for developing minds to learn through what they can see, touch, feel and manipulate.

Enrollment for children ages 3 – 5 for Proton Preschool will open on September 15, 2014, with the first session of the program being held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m., January through June. For more information please visit www.pacificsciencecenter.org

Pacific Science Center began as the United States Science Pavilion during the 1962 Seattle World's Fair. Millions came to explore the wonders of science during the World's Fair and upon closing ceremonies, the Science Pavilion was given new life as the private, not-for-profit Pacific Science Center, becoming the first U.S. museum founded as a science and technology center. On July 22, 2010, Pacific Science Center was declared a City of Seattle Landmark. On October 22, 2012, Pacific Science Center celebrated 50 years of inspiring curiosity, creativity and critical thinking for people of all ages throughout Washington and guests from around the world.