KAPTUR: IMAGINATION STATION TO RECEIVE OVER $311,000 TO DEVELOP PRESCHOOL STEM LEARNING

October 11, 2016
Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 11, 2016
Contact: Nicole Dailey Jones, (800) 964-4699 & (202) 225-5411; Marcy.KapturPress@mail.house.gov


KAPTUR: IMAGINATION STATION TO RECEIVE OVER $311,000 TO DEVELOP PRESCHOOL STEM LEARNING


TOLEDO, OH – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-9) delivered word today that Toledo’s Imagination Station will receive $311,676.00  through a competitive award from the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ (IMLS) National Leadership Grants for Museums.  The award will enable the hands-on science learning center to develop Prime Time, a preschool network to promote early STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) learning in partnership with a number of local educational facilities. Of sixty applications for National Leadership Grants received by IMLS, Imagination Station was one of only 13 funded.  

Funds are being awarded through a competitive grant process and will bolster efforts by Imagination Station to help parents, program staff, and volunteers to promote an interest in science and to facilitate research and integration of design features to improve the quality of visitor experience.  The project will result in a replicable, scalable model with evaluation findings, videos, and professional development material to help other science centers enhance the STEM education of young children.

“It is vitally important that we expose young children to STEM educational opportunities,” said Rep. Kaptur. “We know that investments in early education programs provide significant long-term dividends in a child’s education. The Imagination Station is the perfect facilitator to bring together our regional groups to enhance the STEM education of our youngest citizens. While this specific project focuses on preschoolers, the science center is a vital resource for children and adults of all ages in our region.”

“We are so thrilled to be recognized by IMLS,” said Lori Hauser, Imagination Station CEO. “At Imagination Station, we recognize that the preschool years are such an important time for learning. This award will be a great help to us in promoting kindergarten readiness in our community and getting kids excited about science at an early age. Early exposure can inspire children to pursue science and engineering fields.”  Local and national partners in the Imagination Station’s effort include the University of Toledo, Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, Polly Fox Academy, Summit YMCA Head Start, ASPIRE, and the Early Learners Collaborative, a national museum-based preschool learning network.

Rep. Kaptur is a senior Member of the House Appropriations Committee, which has responsibility for the funding of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, an independent, federal agency whose spending limits are established each year in the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services serves as the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. To learn more about the Institute visit www.imls.gov.

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