Union Station today announced a $4 million grant from Hall Family Foundation that will help the museum move forward on a $7 million initiative to expand early childhood education in Kansas City.
The museum has been working with the Boston Children’s Museum to develop a plan for creating interactive science learning experiences for visitors ages 0-7 at Science City. The plans include multiple exhibit zones designed to spark creativity and curiosity in young learners. The new early learning programs in Science City are expected to fill 13,000 square feet and help support kindergarten readiness within the community. Union Station plans to have the three new dedicated areas open by mid-2019.
“We know the promise of long-term community success starts with investing in early childhood learning,” said Rebecca Hall, program officer at the Hall Family Foundation. “We applaud this bold step by the leadership of Union Station. As one of our areas of focus is Pre-K through 12 education, we appreciate the impact these types of initiatives can have in stimulating imagination and encouraging early learning.”
According to a statement by Union Station, an Early Childhood Center is a natural extension of Science City’s core mission, which is to “serve as a scientific, educational and cultural resource to the community, dedicated to inspiring a lifelong love of science, learning and discovery.”