Early Childhood

Early Childhood

East Side Settlement House

East Side House Settlement (ESHS) provides early childhood education and family support services at 14 sites in the Bronx, enabling more than 8,000 low-income residents to create economic and civic opportunities for themselves, their families and their community. For more than five years, CMOM has run an effective early childhood literacy, health and arts program at ESHS and documented improvement in children’s school-readiness skills and improvement in family reading and healthy lifestyle habits.

CUNY Professional Development

CMOM partnered with CUNY’s Early Childhood Professional Development Institute in 2007 to develop a much-needed training program for ACS/CUNY Informal Family Care Providers. These individuals care for children from low-income families and are generally home-based providers with little access to professional development opportunities and the greatest need for training in early childhood education.

Working with CUNY, CMOM designed a unique training model based on our signature early childhood curriculum that includes interactive art, health, music and literacy workshops, a hands-on early childhood education class for providers and the children in their care, a guided exploration of the Museum, and a free one-year CMOM membership for participants. Providers who complete the 10 hour training receive a joint CMOM/CUNY certificate that documents their hours of training and helps move them towards a higher rate of pay from ACS.

See more of the Play is Learning Professional Development resource website.
The Children’s Museum of Manhattan’s Play is Learning resource website is an educational database that provides lesson plans, activities and visual documentation to support developing creative and educational environments in home care settings and childcare centers. This resource was developed for the Play is Learning professional development series which partners CMOM and ACS/City University of New York Informal Family Childcare Training Project; CUNY’s New York City Early Childhood Professional Development Institute in providing professional development training for New York City childcare providers.

Read more about the Play is Learning Professional Development Program in this article written by CMOM's Deputy Director for Education, Leslie Bushara.

Homes for the Homeless

CMOM partners with Homes for the Homeless to provide children and single mothers living in temporary housing with music, art, literacy, health and parenting skills development in a safe and supportive environment. Through a weekly program at the Museum, these women and their children gain tools and life skills that empower them as women, mothers and future job seekers. Working with CMOM educators and a licensed social worker, participants develop parenting strategies and gain insight into how their children learn. Journal writing sessions with a resident author promote personal dignity and expression. Each year these writing exercises are turned into a published book of poetry, giving participants renewed confidence and a feeling of accomplishment. CMOM learns a great deal from this program about the daily pressures faced by families. The deep trust and continuity we develop with the mothers helps us to understand how to better serve all families who walk through our front door or whom we serve off-site. View more  »

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CMOM 2014 Spring Gala

Thursday, 15 May 2014
The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers

Calendar

Messy with Art: Melted Crayon - Drip Painting, 10:00am

4 & younger

Melt down your favorite crayon colors to make a messy work of art!
 

Math Wizards: Take Shape!, 10:00am

4 & younger

Use recycled materials to create a 3D shape sculptures! 

Romare Bearden - My World as Colorful Melodies , 10:00am

All ages

Artist Romare Bearden was deeply influenced by jazz music and often listened to it while making art. Listen to jazz as you create a work of art inspired by Romare Bearden’s collage techniques.

10:00-4:45pm

Stack ‘em Up Thursdays: Leaping Lily Pads, 10:45am

4 & younger

Color your own Lilly Pad. Then, count to 20 as you pretend to be a frog as you leap from pad to pad!
 

Movement & Circle Time, 11:30am

4 & younger

Sing, move your body and use your listening ears to hear special stories. 

Mural Wall painting, 12:00pm

4 & younger

Mix colors together on the PlayWorks™ Mural Wall.

Math Wizards: Mandala Sand Art, 12:00pm

4 & younger

What is a circle and why are they so important? Explore how circles have been used to create symbols of peace and unity while creating a beautiful Mandala.
 

Math Wizards: Take Shape!, 1:00pm

4 & younger

Use recycled materials to create a 3D shape sculptures! 

Magnetic Attraction, 2:30pm

4 & younger

Explore different materials and discover why some items are magnetic using our special magnet board. 

Skit Scat Stories & Songs!, 3:00pm

All ages

Listen to iconic performances of jazz music and then read books about the ‘Jazz Legends’ who performed them. 

Movement & Circle Time, 4:00pm

4 & younger

Sing, move your body and use your listening ears to hear special stories. 

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