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Symposia & Seminars

Summit & Seminars

Boston Children's Museum was founded by educators as a community resource, and for 100 years it has been part of a network of public and private organizations that enrich the lives of children and families. The Museum's deep connection and partnership with the business community, community groups, teachers, schools, and health, science, and academic researchers is the engine that drives its vibrant presence in Greater Boston.

In addition to being a leading destination for families and children, the Museum is a learning organization, with a culture of collaboration, experimentation, communication, and openness. Boston Children's Museum offers and participates in a number of events annually that advance knowledge and understanding among adults of key topics related to education and childhood development.

Early Childhood Summit 2013: Innovation and Opportunity

In partnership with the Center for the Developing Child at Harvard University, the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and Strategies for Children, Boston Children's Museum co-sponsored its second Early Childhood Summit April 5, 2013 at the Federal Reserve Bank in Boston. 400 attendees listened to and participated in presentations on early brain development and the importance of executive function, the effect of stress on children, effective school readiness and family support programs, digital media in children's lives, the critical role of play in early childhood development, and implications for public policy. Leading researchers and professionals in the fields of health, education and business shared their insights, identified best practices, and discussed both the challenges and solutions for enhancing early childhood development opportunities. Click here for Summit videos, agenda, summaries and policy recommendations.

Lunch & Learn Forums

The Museum regularly hosts forums that feature experts on issues affecting children and families. Lunch & Learn Forums have addressed topics such as bullying, obesity, how children learn and, most recently, the moral development of children. Forums are held at the Museum and are open to the public. A small fee covers the cost of Museum expenses. Forums are publicized on our website and in our regular emails to members and friends of the Museum. Everyone is welcome.

Recent Lunch & Learn Presentations

Professional Development Programs for Educators

Boston Children's Museum staff offer professional development programs for educators teaching in preschools, elementary and middle schools, and afterschool programs. Recent topics have included Preschool Science, Teaching about Minorities in China, Native American Thanksgiving Celebrations, Daily Life in Japan, Engineering and more. Museum staff also conduct customized professional development programs on specialized topics in collaboration with schools and school districts. Additional information on these programs can be found in the Learning Resources section of our website.