Where We are Going
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Where We Are Going
The Louisiana Children’s Museum at City Park
Transforming Early Childhood Development…
The Louisiana Children’s Museum is leading a partnership of local and national experts, advocates and funders to develop a transformational model for early childhood education. Through innovative experiences and strategic collaborations, we will deliver rich, playful learning experiences for young children, offer integrated family and teacher resources, and demonstrate international best practices for early childhood education, documentation, and research.
Situated in extraordinary New Orleans’ City Park, the 56,000 square foot facility will house a re imagined Louisiana Children’s Museum including a literacy center, parent and teacher resource center, edible garden, kitchen, and full service café. Outdoor multipurpose spaces, discovery walks, and immersive ecosystems will inspire joyous connections to both land and water for all who visit.
For Young Children and Their Families…
Neuroscience shows that 85% of brain development occurs before the age of three. During those years, the capacity for lifelong learning and the framework for critical thinking and problem solving is created. For over a decade, Louisiana held the national ranking of 49th for child well-being (currently 48th). New Orleans is leading the education reform, but early childhood education has not been holistically addressed. The Louisiana Children’s Museum, now 30 years old, envisions a premiere early childhood education resource for the Gulf region that will help transform the national dialogue, practices, and planning that impact very young children and their families.
And for the Environment
The Louisiana Children’s Museum is committed to modeling sustainability and environmental stewardship. Research shows that connecting children to nature is one of the most powerful tools for establishing healthy human development. Numerous opportunities for meaningful interaction with the outdoors – on the floating classroom, in the edible garden, under oak trees, and at the interactive Wetlands Experience on the water – will encourage stewardship of the natural environment. The buildings, designed to achieve LEED Silver certification, are intended to make sustainable practices visible to all. And many exhibits that bring the outdoors in will further encourage young minds to imagine a future that includes their participation in the stewardship of the world around them.
Louisiana Children’s Museum’s Collaborative Partners Include:
- New Orleans City Park
- Tulane Institute for Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health
- Tulane Medical School
- Tulane Hospital for Children
- Louisiana State University AgCenter
- Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities