Education is at the core of the City Museum’s mission, and our Frederick A.O. Schwarz Children’s Center offers a slate of education programs designed specifically for children from the five boroughs. Participants explore the city’s unfolding story and their own place in it. Curricula are project-based, hands-on, and interactive.
About the Frederick A.O. Schwarz Children's Center
Education programs produced by the Museum’s Frederick A.O. Schwarz Children’s Center utilize exhibitions and our incomparable collections to make the city’s history compelling and accessible to young people, serving nearly 40,000 students each year, the great majority of whom attend under-resourced public schools.
The Center’s programs address the persistent, city-wide problem of student underachievement in social studies. Our approach to the subject challenges children to build their critical thinking skills: interpreting evidence; connecting new information and prior knowledge; drawing reasoned conclusions; and communicating their conclusions and reasoning clearly. These skills are crucial to children’s success in school, in the workplace, and throughout their lives.
Programs take place in the Center’s state-of-the-art classrooms, Museum galleries, and in the city itself. All activities—including our flagship School Programs for groups visiting on field trips, out-of-school time programs, family programs, and professional development workshops for teachers—are led by trained museum educators.
Frederick A.O. Schwarz Children’s Center Co-Chairs
Lisa Abel, Vanya Desai, Polly Merrill, Tracey Pontarelli, Kathy Prounis, Valerie Rowe, Ann Spence, and Paula Zakaria.
School Programs are made possible through the generous support of
Additional support for the Schwarz Center is provided by the Pinkerton Foundation, Russell L. Carson, the Brenner Family Foundation, the U.S. Bancorp Foundation, the Henry Nias Foundation, the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, the Robert & Kate Niehaus Foundation, the Sansom Foundation, and the Verizon Foundation, among others.
The Schwarz Center is endowed by grants from the FAO Schwarz Family Foundation and other generous donors.
Programs in conjunction with Activist New York are made possible by The Puffin Foundation.