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Many museums are developing programs to engage young children. Motivations for doing so and levels of success vary. Some museums are thoughtfully incorporating young audiences into a larger planning process. Others are responding to new needs and interests that have evolved. Panelists will share perspectives based on experiences. Participants will be encouraged to consider the direction of their own early childhood programming.


  • Betsy Bowers, Deputy Director of Education, Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center
  • Ilene Dackman-Alon, Director of Education, Jewish Museum of Maryland
  • Linnea Grim, Hunter J. Smith Director of Education and Visitor Programs, Monticello, Thomas Jefferson Foundation
  • Tara McCauley, Manager of Education and Youth Programs, Museum of History and Industry

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