Trenton Makes—Words! is a partnership between the New Jersey State Museum, Trenton Music Makers, 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 Trenton Music Makers
Trenton Music Makers brings children together in teams of music learners and makers, to build their minds, imagination and community. In 2000 we developed Music for the Very Young: Music, Movement and Literacy at the Puerto Rican Community Day Care Center. By starting children early, we lay the foundation for meaningful music education later on. Music for the Very Young will reach 575 children and their families this year. The Trenton Music Makers Orchestra, our music and social development program for kids in grades 3-12, has grown to include over 100 students on two program sites. This year we have begun a preorchestra program for younger grade-schoolers, which will build a bridge from preschool into orchestra. Trenton Music Makers seeks to honor and strengthen the promising elements already present in children’s lives: the network of caring parents and teachers, and the desire to develop skills that make them an asset to their communities. We add proven, well-researched curricula, access to musical instruments, and instruction at no cost to children and families from professional teaching artists.