Trenton Makes-Words! is a free vocabulary program to get Trenton children ages 0-5 ready for kindergarten.
Sessions support engagement between parents or caregivers and their children through themes based on cultural traditions, science, music, and art.
Trenton Makes—Words! is a two-year partnership between the New Jersey State Museum, the Trenton Community Music School, and The Children’s Home Society of New Jersey. It is supported by a $1 million grant from the PNC Foundation through the Grow Up Great initiative. Trenton joins a group of other U.S. cities that have adapted the vocabulary building program to their communities. Launched on October 2015, the project continues to foster vocabulary learning through engaging early education programs for Trenton children ages 0-5.
In the first year of programs, Trenton Makes—Words! served close to 300 Trenton families and offered close to forty programs throughout Trenton. The second year of sessions starts this October.
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.