MYSTIC, Conn. - On the heels of the program’s success, Mystic Aquarium announced the extension of its full-day academic enrichment program. Since September, experienced educators have provided academic support and enrichment in a safe and fun learning environment for students in kindergarten through grade 7. The program will resume in January following school’s holiday breaks.
“The need is still there,” said Vice President of Education and Conservation, Kelly Matis. “And, we are proud and excited to extend this program in response.”
The program will continue to be offered daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for students in grades K-7. Monthly tuition includes 1, 2, & 3-day in-person options available within two separate cohorts of Monday – Wednesday or Wednesday – Friday.
Aquarium educators guide and support students during their real-time learning sessions as assigned by their school and teachers. When classes are not in session and assignments are complete, students benefit from outdoor activities, guided Aquarium tours, animal interactions and a wealth of unique programming that also supports student’s physical fitness and social emotional learning.
As a state licensed childcare facility, Mystic Aquarium strictly adheres to all state guidelines for group size and COVID safety. A stringent set of guidelines have been established to ensure student and educator safety. Additional measures have also been integrated for added vigilance including assigned cohorts of students and teachers.
Enrollment is available for the upcoming session that will begin Jan. 4, 2021. Reservations can be made by contacting Amy Gollenberg at (860) 572-5955, Ext. 159 or AGollenberg@MysticAquarium.org.
While Mystic Aquarium takes pride in working with the families in the community to support children in the completion of their school work and providing them with the unique opportunity to visit and learn, they are finding other benefits of the program as well.
“While it’s serious business, I think that we, as educators, are having as much fun as the kids,” said Becky Hirsh, one of the program’s lead educators. “We have had the opportunity to work with some small children who have big personalities.”
Jemma and Scarlett, two of the program’s younger students, have stolen the show in Mystic Aquarium’s Kid’s Corner feature on YouTube. The segments are part of the Smart Social Media platform offered in the newly formed Mystic Aquarium Digital.