As the Bay Area Discovery Museum’s school-readiness program, Connections exemplifies BADM’s commitment to making high-quality, play-based, early learning experiences accessible to all children.
Connections was launched in 2008, and today partners with 90 federally subsidized preschool classrooms in Marin, San Francisco, and Contra Costa counties. The program engages students, families, and teachers in creative STEM learning through multiple facilitated visits both at partner school sites and at the museum.
Connections aligns with the Center for Childhood Creativity’s school-readiness research, and through the program’s learning experiences, children are able to achieve related outcomes that will prepare them to be lifelong learners and to thrive in school and beyond. These outcomes include demonstrating foundational math understanding and science process skills.
For adult participants, Connections demonstrates the importance of early STEM learning and equips them to provide learning experiences for children that build foundational math and science skills. Connections also supports adults to develop and implement strategies for building children’s executive function skills; helping them guide children toward planning, self-direction, self-reflection, and self-regulation.
Connections is free to all of our partner schools and families. Following every visit, students receive “Admit 5” passes to come back to the museum, so they can continue their exploration and learning year-round.