New Jersey has been selected as one of six states to participate in the first year of a national Leap into Science network initiative. New Jersey’s state leadership team organizations include the New Jersey State Library, New Jersey Makers Day, a New Jersey Non-Profit Corporation and the Newark Museum. The four-year initiative is led by The Franklin Institute, the National Girls Collaborative Project, and the Institute for Learning Innovation, and will be evaluated by the Education Development Center, with support from the National Science Foundation.
Developed by The Franklin Institute, Leap into Science is a nationwide program that integrates open-ended science activities with children’s books, designed for children ages 3-10 and their families. The program empowers educators to offer programs in community settings like libraries, museums and out-of-school time programs to engage underserved audiences in accessible and familiar settings. This evidence-based program will be made available to a limited number of informal educators in New Jersey through in-person trainings. Funding for this project will allows the provision of reduced cost resources through 2021.