San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum (SDCDM) is honored to receive the Public Champion of the Year award from the Escondido Union School District (EUSD) this year at the annual State of the District Address on February 5th, 2018. The award celebrates of our wonderful community partnership with the District that has grown substantially over recent years.
Through our Access for All initiative, which serves students and families in the community, we are able to offer Field Trip Workshops to all EUSD Kindergarten and Preschool classes at no cost this school year! Preschool families in the district also received FREE Family Memberships to the museum. Families at all 17 EUSD elementary schools have access to free check-out Museum memberships through their Family Liaisons as well.
Our Afterschool Enrichment program, for 2nd and 3rd grade, serves all of the District’s 17 elementary schools. We facilitate hands-on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) Environmental Education and Engineering workshops twice a year during both 10 and 5-week sessions. Enrichment programs are essential to developing the whole child, a cornerstone of SDCDM’s vision. Our Afterschool Enrichment program helps provide access to a well-rounded education for students at all of EUSD’s elementary schools.
We believe that having multiple touch points with students throughout their lives is key to building lifelong learners. According to Growing Young Minds, a paper published by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Libraries and Museums play a pivotal role in early childhood development and continued learning for all children. SDCDM is dedicated to this responsibility and strives to create authentic, hands-on learning experiences that are accessible to everyone. Our community partnership with EUSD has allowed us to serve as a community resource to do just that! We look forward to getting to know and inspiring these wonderful students for years to come!
Monika Tucker is the Education Coordinator of School Programs at SDCDM. She has a passion for informal education the power of museums to inspire life-long learners! With a background in Anthropology and Museum Studies, she has worked in the informal education field in various settings including; outdoor education, museums, parks and recreation, not-for-profits, and athletics since 2013 and has brought hands-on, creative experience to SDCDM’s team!