CSLEC

The Coalition for Science Learning in Early Childhood





CSLEC

The Coalition for Science Learning in Early Childhood




CSLEC The Coalition for Science Learning in Early Childhood logo
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Early science learning transforms futures

Early science learning transforms futures

The CSLEC is a coalition of professionals, family and community members, and like-minded civic organizations dedicated to connecting young children and families with STEAM* early learning experiences. We believe in the power of early science learning to close opportunity and achievement gaps.

Our work helps bring more STEAM opportunities to our state’s next great (and growing) minds by building systems and networks that increase access to early STEAM learning opportunities.

*science, technology, engineering, art, and math

Explora is an innovative experiential learning center located in the heart of Old Town Albuquerque

Early science learning transforms futures

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CSLEC The Coalition for Science Learning in Early Childhood logo
CSLEC The Coalition for Science Learning in Early Childhood logo

Early science learning transforms futures

Early science learning transforms futures

The CSLEC is a coalition of professionals, family and community members, and like-minded civic organizations dedicated to connecting young children and families with STEAM* early learning experiences. We believe in the power of early science learning to close opportunity and achievement gaps.

Our work helps bring more STEAM opportunities to our state’s next great (and growing) minds by building systems and networks that increase access to early STEAM learning opportunities.

*science, technology, engineering, art, and math

Explora is an innovative experiential learning center located in the heart of Old Town Albuquerque

Early science learning transforms futures

The CSLEC is a coalition of professionals, family and community members, and like-minded civic organizations dedicated to connecting young children and families with STEAM* early learning experiences. We believe in the power of early science learning to close opportunity and achievement gaps.

Our work helps bring more STEAM opportunities to our state’s next great (and growing) minds by building systems and networks that increase access to early STEAM learning opportunities.

*science, technology, engineering, art, and math
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What We Do

What We Do

We help create a bright future for New Mexico’s infants, young children, and families through STEAM.

The CSLEC brings community leaders together to build systems and create STEAM early learning opportunities for infants, young children, and families. Our mission is to close opportunity and achievement gaps, partnering with early childhood professionals, public schools, community-based child care providers, non-profit organizations, health sciences organizations, libraries, higher education institutions, and municipal representatives.

Our Structure

Our Structure

The CSLEC is a cross-sector coalition. Explora Science Center and Children’s Museum of Albuquerque serves as the CSLEC’s backbone organization. Our Leadership Council guides our strategic planning and evaluation, and our Director focuses on outreach, communication, coordination, and collaboration at the local level.
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Our Working Groups:


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Early Childhood Professional Development (PD) Working Group

This group connects families and educators to existing professional development opportunities, identifying needs in our systems, and supporting early childhood professional development projects.

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Brillante Early Learning Center Working Group

This is the advisory team for Explora’s Brilliante Early Learning Center, a new early learning and care center and hub for early childhood workforce development planned for downtown Albuquerque.

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Building Science Learning in Early Childhood Summit Working Group

This group plans and hosts our annual professional development summit for early childhood educators each fall.
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Why STEAM?

What We Do

Explore, experiment, create, and play!

STEAM is all about hands-on exploring, which young children do so well! As children learn about the world, STEAM is an excellent guide, helping teachers and caregivers find fun and effective ways to build understanding and vocabulary, and create critical thinking, problem solving, communication, and reflection skills.

Wondering how to integrate STEAM into your time with children? We’re here to help! The CSLEC hosts an annual summit for educators each fall. We also offer trainings, capacity building opportunities, and resources throughout the year to share the fun and power of STEAM.

See you at the
2023 Summit 
Next Fall!

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Resources

The largest, longest running online collection of STEM activities for educators and learners.
Visit How To Smile
Free educational materials and professional learning opportunities for educators interested in informal STEM learning.
Visit NISE Network
The Boston Children’s Museum came up with a list of their 100 favorite ways to play.
Visit Boston Children’s Museum
In partnership with How To Smile Explora shares a collection of our favorite activities!
Visit Explora’s Activity Catalog
Did you know…There’s a library in your community where you can borrow toys, educational materials, videos and books for parents and caregivers for FREE?
Visit Toy Lending and Resource Libraries
Research-based resources, tips and ideas for families—from child development to reading, writing, music, math, and more!
Visit NAEYC
Science Near Me is a free resource to quickly find opportunities to engage in all types of STEM events, projects, and programs near you, in person and online.
Visit Science Near Me

This work is supported by a grant from the
New Mexico Early Childhood Education and Care Department

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UNM Early Childhood Services Center
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Shining Stars Preschool
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