Early Childhood Enrollment

Early Childhood Education

Learn and play alongside your child in our Early Childhood Education program.  Designed for children under the age of five, our ECE program explores the concepts of STEM, tinkering, and creative problem solving through a lens of joyful learning. Help your little one build their self-expression, self-esteem, and self-awareness through thoughtful challenges and imaginative play. In addition to our well-loved favorites, we’ll be adding exciting, new activities to each of our programs.

Let's learn and play together! 

Programs run one day a week, for six weeks

REGISTERATION DATES 

Circles Members Members Open Enrollment
November 18TH November 21ST December 2ND
 

Early Childhood Education

Baby Steps to STEM (6-18 months)

 

TUESDAYS
10:15am - 11am
October 29 – December 10
(skip the week of Thanksgiving)
Members: $90
Non-members: $110

 

One small step for man…one giant step for baby! In Baby Steps to STEM, your baby will be introduced to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math through hands-on, play-based activities that encourage their curiosity, creativity, and sense of wonder. Alongside their peers, your little ones will develop essential fine-motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and begin learning fundamental STEM concepts by interacting with the world around them. Through the class, families will be equipped to continue teaching their babies STEM concepts through everyday experiences.

Tinker Time: Take 2 (18-36 months)

 

THURSDAYS
10:15am - 11am
October 29 – December 10
(skip the week of Thanksgiving)
Class A: 10:15am - 11:00am
Class B: 11:30am - 12:15am
Members: $90
Non-members: $110

 

Looking for more time to tinker? In Tinker Time, kids and families will develop tinkering habits of mind such as embracing a good mess, seeing mistakes as gifts, and thinking of everything as an experiment. Families will then be empowered to continue the hands-on learning in their homes, extending beyond the classroom. Tinker Time is the perfect place for kids to learn, create, and play!

Once Upon a Time Design (3-5 years)

 

WEDNESDAYS
10:15am - 11am
October 29 – December 10
(skip the week of Thanksgiving)
Members: $90
Non-members: $110

 

When you design once upon a time, you build happily ever after! Solving challenges based on their favorite storybooks, kids will learn to plan, think creatively, problem solve, and work as a team. In Once Upon a Time Design, kids and families will work together with peers to help their favorite storybook characters solve their problems and find their own happy endings.
 
 

Meet the Educators

Kathy Jordan
Early Childhood Educator & Director, Little Doers

Ms. Kathy is The DoSeum’s Early Childhood Educator and has been with The Little Doer program since its inception in 2015. She is an invaluable member of The DoSeum's early childhood team. Ms. Kathy carries a degree in Human Behavior and Development, certifications in Special Education PreK-12 and ESL, and served as an elementary school teacher for 21 years.

 

 


Sheena Solitaire
Director of Gallery Programs & Early Childhood Education

Ms. Sheena is the Director of Gallery Programs at The DoSeum. She has been teaching in museums for over 15 years and has developed programs for children and families focused on building community relationships and family connections. Her favorite part of working with early learners is watching them discover the world around them and make meaning through their experience. 

 

 


Megan McCoig
Discovery Leader, Early Childhood Education


Miss Megan is a teacher in the Little Doers Preschool program, DoSeum's Early Childhood Education programs, and she facilitates Field Experiences for grade school students. She earned her Bachelor's of Science Degree in Child Development from Brigham Young University- Idaho and helped to create and pilot the Forest Preschool program in Spring 2017. Miss Megan has been a valuable part of the DoSeum's Education team since January 2018.

 


Gideon Del Rio
Discovery Leader, Early Childhood Education

Mr. Gideon is a Discovery Leader at The DoSeum and has worked in children’s theatre for 7 years, including working with the Midwest Renaissance fair circuit as Peter Pan. Building on his passion of helping children gain life skills, Gideon studied early childhood education and enjoys seeing kids gain self-worth and confidence as they learn about their world. He has a BA of Liberal Arts from Grand View University. Gideon is interested in social and emotional learning as it relates to child development.

FAQs

Q. What is the educational philosophy of the Early Childhood Education programs?

A. The DoSeum offers hands- and minds-on opportunities that spark curiosity, invite discovery, and promote joyful learning, supporting the important work of schools and community organizations. Our exhibits and programs are rooted in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), the arts, and literacy.

We believe that children learn best in a setting that provides developmentally appropriate educational experiences and also allows for exploration and a deeper connection within the museum and their community.

Q. What is included in my program registration?

A. Your enrollment in an ECE session is for one adult caregiver (18+) and one child. This enrollment includes your general admission to The DoSeum for before or after your program that day.

Q. Can additional adults and children attend ECE classes?

A. In order to promote an optimal learning environment, we ask that you please limit caregivers to the one adult per child ratio. If another caregiver would like to attend the class or DoSeum, please be aware that they will be asked to pay the $14 general admission fee. Youth over the age of 1 will also be asked to pay general admission ($14). Additional children 1 and under are welcome to attend at no additional cost.

Q. Can a caregiver other than myself bring my child if I am busy one week?

A. Yes. We understand that different caregivers may bring your child week to week. When you register for the program, please list any additional caregivers that may be bringing your child to the program. Having all names on file will help us have a smoother check-in process.

Q. What happens if I need to miss a class?

A. Currently, we are unable to offer make-up classes. Missed classes cannot be refunded or rescheduled.

Q. Are refunds offered?

A. Refunds are not offered for this program. If you need to cancel your enrollment in a program before it begins, you will be granted credit toward another DoSeum educational programming (e.g., camps, workshops, etc.). We cannot offer credit toward membership or general admission fees. The credit expires one calendar year from the date that it is granted.

Q. Does my child need to be the exact age of the program?

A. Yes. All children must be in the age range of the promoted program by the program’s start date (e.g.,  at least 4 months of age for programs designed for 4 months-18 months, and so on).If your child’s birthday falls within the class dates, please enroll them in the program option in line with their age at the start of the class. Our camps are specifically designed for the age ranges associated with them, so we thank you for your understanding. We understand that children may be developmentally younger or older; if this is the case, please contact Sheena Solitare, SSolitaire@thedoseum.org, to discuss the best class option for your child.

Q. Do I need to stay in the class with my child?

A. Yes. Early Childhood Education classes are designed to promote caregiver/child interaction, so we do require one adult (18+) with each child per class.

Q. Who are the instructors for this class?

A: The DoSeum Education team consists of highly qualified and trained program educators. These educators work closely together to design and facilitate experiences that are engaging, unique, developmentally appropriate, and fun for children. Please see the “Meet the Educators” tab on our Early Childhood Education webpage to learn more about our session instructors. Our goal for all early childhood programs is consistency with instructors; however, please be aware that, if necessary, a qualified education team member may serve as a substitute teacher.

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