Early Childhood Education Fellowship
In 2011 our museum went through a rebranding process. We changed our name from Zeum to the Children’s Creativity Museum and we piloted new exhibits and programs to include children ages 3-5 years old. A year later, nearly 90% of our visitors are families with children under 5 years of age. To respond to this growth we are continuing to evolve our exhibits and programming. The Early Childhood Fellowship at the Children’s Creativity Museum is one way we are responding to the ECE needs of our community.
The Early Childhood Fellowship is project-based, meaning that each fellow will have a distinct project that they work on for the duration of the fellowship. Fellow projects are determined in collaboration with CCM’s Early Childhood Specialist, and should be something that suits the skills and interests of the fellow, as well as the needs of the museum. Recent projects include:
- Designing “3-C Readiness” curriculum for 3- to 5-year olds
- Designing and facilitating weekly DIY art projects for children under 3 years of age
This summer we are seeking fellows with interests in community outreach, community engagement, curriculum design, curriculum assessment, design thinking, early childhood technology, and creative movement dance. In addition to their project, fellows will get to know the museum’s current early childhood programming by helping to facilitate the Early Birdles music and storytelling program, lead Jr. Field Trips, and staff other museum exhibits.
COMMITMENT AND COMPENSATION:
The summer fellowship begins mid-June, ideally June 10, 2013, and ends August 25, 2013. The fellow will work at least 15 hours per week. Fellows are invited to spend some of these hours working remotely, but are required to be in the museum at least 8 hours per week. Precise work hours are flexible and will vary depending on the fellow’s project. Fellows may increase their commitment — either number of hours per week or length of stay — if they wish. Currently the ECE Fellowship is an unpaid position, however the fellow will receive a museum ID that can be used for free admission (for yourself and a guest) to most museums throughout California. They will also be invited to participate in several professional development trainings, field trips, and workshops.
- College Graduate
- Experience working in formal or informal education with children under 5 years of age
- Academic study in Early Childhood Education, Child Development or related field preferred
- Background in music, performance, dance or visual arts preferred
- Able to work at least 15 hours per week from June through August, 2013
- Prepared to spend time facilitating learning experiences (field trips, workshops and general admission) for visitors ages 5 and under
- Highly motivated and strong self starter
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To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your cover letter should address the following:
- Please describe a project you would like to work on for your fellowship. What makes you particularly suited to undertake this project? How do you see this project benefiting the museum?
- This position deals exclusively with children under the age of seven and their families, teachers and caregivers. What skills or experience do you have with this audience?
- What are your motivations for working with the early childhood community? What do you hope to gain from this fellowship?