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Our School

Welcome to the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center (SEEC)! We offer a rich learning environment for children, parents, and teachers in our community, while at the same time sharing our innovative practices with professionals in schools and museums across the country.

At SEEC the community is a vital part of our everyday lives. Our teachers explore learning as it occurs at the intersection of museum education and early learning best practices on a daily basis. Since 1988, educators at the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center have engaged students in meaningful museum experiences based upon educational strategies and techniques that are developmentally appropriate for children under 6 years of age.

As an organization, SEEC is a leader in the field of museum-based education and influences practice within museums and schools. Our educators apply best practices recognized in the early childhood field and enrich the children’s learning through an object-based approach to teaching, sharing the stories associated with these objects in ways that make the curriculum deeper and richer. Educators within the Center for Innovation in Early Learning build on the practice established within the SEEC model, serving as content experts on the museums and blending theory and practice as a basis for outside consulting, professional development, and workshops for families in the community.

For us, it is exciting to see the impact that museums can have in the lives of our youngest learners. Not only are children exposed to art, history, and science of their own culture, but they also are able to gain an understanding of our global society.

We invite you to come visit us and learn more about our approach to early learning. Please explore our website and read our blog to learn more about the SEEC program and take advantage of the many opportunities that we offer parents and educators.

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