Friday, January 12, 2018

El Pueblo History Museum To Begin New Early Childhood Program

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - From El Pueblo History Museum: El Pueblo History Museum is pleased to announce the introduction of Beyond Story Time, a new early childhood educational program in partnership with Pueblo EPIC. The program will be held at 10 am on Monday mornings, starting on January 22, 2018.

Coordinated by museum education professionals, Beyond Story Time will be a half-hour program designed to promote reading, cultural literacy, and healthy development for children ages 0-4. Children throughout the community are invited, whether in the care of parents, guardians, grandparents, or childcare providers. Kids will learn about learn about the people, places, animals, landscapes and cultures that make Pueblo and Colorado so special. The program will feature stories, songs, crafts and activities to enrich young lives and build connections to the community. Additionally, Pueblo EPIC will be providing periodic parent education sessions at El Pueblo History Museum.

"We recognize that literacy extends beyond words on a page. This program is designed to build literacy, cultural competence, and historic connection in some of Pueblo's youngest residents. We want to start early in giving Pueblo's children access to our community's rich cultural resources." said El Pueblo History Museum's Dawn DiPrince.

"Beyond Story Time fits perfectly with EPIC's core mission of school readiness. We want every child to
have an equal opportunity at educational success, and success in life. This project will help to
build foundational behaviors and skills vital to that success," said Pueblo EPIC's Burnie Zercher.
Pueblo EPIC – Executives Partnering to Invest in Children – is comprised of Pueblo business leaders committed to elevating the importance of early childhood in all sectors and working to create sustainable change through their networks.

El Pueblo History Museum is located at 301 N. Union Avenue in historic downtown Pueblo and is open daily, Monday – Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm. Admission to the museum is $5 for adults; $4 for students, seniors (65+), and children (up to 18); and children under 6 are free. The museum currently has one free exhibit, The Bell Rings: Pueblo's Historic High School Rivalry, on the Bell Game. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/ElPuebloHistoryMuseum.