The Warren A. Sill Fund Partners with the Cleveland Museum of Natural History to Drive Innovative Programming at CMSD Pre-K Classrooms

A Cleveland Metropolitan School District pre-K student participating in the Children’s Museum of Cleveland sponsored classroom visit titled “Planets of the Solar System.” (Copyright: WASF, 2017)

A Cleveland Metropolitan School District pre-K student participating in the Children’s Museum of Cleveland sponsored classroom visit titled “Planets of the Solar System.” (Copyright: WASF, 2017)

CLEVELAND (March 7, 2019) – The Warren A. Sill Fund (WASF), a Cleveland non-profit organization, is partnering with the Cleveland Museum of Natural History (CMNH) to bring engaging science and health programming to four Pre-K classrooms in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) during the 2019/20 school year.

 

Building upon the existing partnership with the Children’s Museum of Cleveland (CMC), WASF is funding CMNH expert educators to bring programs rooted in science (e.g. “Digging for Dinosaurs”) to 4-year-old students at Euclid Park, William Cullen Bryant, Wilson School, and William Rainey Harper elementary schools. Next year, students we enjoy regular visits from both institutions with a culminating field trip in the spring.

 

“For the Fund, this is an opportunity to validate our investment model,” Tyler Allchin, Chair, WASF. “As a strategic donor, WASF has the ability to leverage the power of two truly great institutions (CMC & CMNH), focus our collective resources, and begin to address systematic challenges in Cleveland’s early childhood classrooms.”

 

“Providing access to high-quality, hands-on science education is at the heart of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History’s mission, and the Museum is thrilled to partner with the Warren A. Sill Fund to provide early childhood programs for CMSD schools,” said Heather Lee, Director of School and Family Learning

 

“The Warren A. Sill Fund’s early childhood initiative adds real value to our classrooms,” said Nicole Vitale, Executive Director of Early Childhood Education, CMSD. “Our teachers love working with the Children’s Museum and we look forward to the Natural History Museum bringing their tremendous resources to students.”

 

This program is driven by strong empirical data that supports educational investment in children during their infancy – 90 percent of a child’s brain is developed before the age of five, and every dollar invested in early childhood education returns $17 in economic benefits. Upcoming CMC classroom visits will happen on Thurs., Mar. 7 (William Cullen Bryant); Fri., Mar. 8 (Wilson School); and Mon., April 8 (Wilson School). Media encouraged with notice.

 

About the WASF Early Childhood Education Program – CMSD explainer video

Launched in 2016, in partnership with content provider the Children’s Museum of Cleveland, the WASF early childhood program brings expert educators from Cleveland institutions to underserved PreK classrooms. Entering its fourth year, the program will reach nearly 120 preschoolers, each receiving eight total science, arts, and health related programs, including field trips. By funding programming from Cleveland’s strong cultural and academic institutions, WASF intends to help transform every CMSD PreK classroom into a center of excellence.

 

About The Warren A. Sill Fund

Established in 2013 after the passing of Clevelander Warren Sill, WASF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to supporting innovative early childhood education programming for underserved students in Greater Cleveland. WASF is working to build a new philanthropic investment model where funders and institutions work together to empower students with quality education. To date, WASF has provided nearly $20,000 in scholarships and programming. The WASF Board of Directors is comprised of Cleveland young professionals, including friends of Warren who passed away while chasing him dream of filming wildlife in British Columbia.

 

Contacts:

Cassie Neiden, Director, Media Lead: 440-949-9014; cassieneiden@gmail.com

Tyler Allchin, Chair: 216-983-9484; tyler.allchin@gmail.com