Trenton Makes-Words! is a free vocabulary program to get Trenton children ages 0-5 ready for kindergarten.
Trenton Makes—Words! is a partnership between the New Jersey State Museum, the Trenton Community Music School, and The Children’s Home Society of New Jersey. Launched in October 2015, the program fosters language development and parent-child engagement through monthly themes based on cultural traditions, science, music, and art. Trenton joins a group of ten other cities that have adopted vocabulary programs in their communities.
The first and second year were supported by a $1 million grant from the PNC Foundation through the Grow Up Great initiative. Starting in September of 2017, Trenton Makes-Words! will continue to offer free vocabulary programs to Trenton families for a third year in a row thanks to a $300,000 grant from PNC Grow Up Great.
Trenton Makes—Words! served close to 300 Trenton families and offered close to forty programs throughout Trenton in its first year.
About the New Jersey State Museum
As a center of cultural, educational, and scientific engagement, the New Jersey State Museum inspires innovation and lifelong learning through collections, research, exhibitions and programs in science, history and art. NJSM engages visitors of all ages and diverse backgrounds in an exploration of New Jersey’s cultural and natural history presented within a global context, fosters state pride, and serves as a cultivator of tomorrow’s leaders.
The Children’s Home Society of New Jersey was founded in 1894 and our mission was to find loving families for children, to protect children from harm, and to help parents find better ways to be parents so they can keep their children. These three facets of our mission remain core to us today. Today, we believe we are saving children’s lives and building healthy families.
About the Trenton Community Music School
Trenton Community Music School brings people together to learn and make music, through which they develop their minds, imagination, and community. Since 1998 we have been providing community-based opportunities for people of all ages, income, and experience levels to learn and to play music together.