Map of the United States overlapped with images of young children experiencing arts in education.Access to high-quality early childhood education programs is vital to setting children up for a successful future, both inside and outside of the classroom.

With more than 35 years of research and experience, we know the performing arts are a highly effective way for early childhood educators to teach and for young children to learn

Advancing arts in education

Wolf Trap Institute works across the country to advance high-quality early childhood education and the value of integrating the arts into education.

Wolf Trap Institute is committed to: 

Illustration representing a gathering of three peopleConvening key leaders—like artists, educators, business leaders, and philanthropists—on the importance of early childhood education and the arts in education.

Illustration of two speech bubbles to represent conversationsSparking meaningful conversations about the benefits of early childhood education and effectiveness of arts-integrated learning.

Illustration of a map of the United StatesSupporting efforts to incorporate the arts into early childhood classrooms in communities nationwide.

 

Contributing to the national conversation

At Wolf Trap Institute, we believe in sharing our experience and learning from each other to advance the role of arts in education across the country. Find us on Twitter at @WolfTrap_Edu

Our events
Creativity Connects: Arts in Early Learning 
Creativity Connects is bringing together community leaders in five diverse cities to spark a dialogue about early learning through the arts. The project, funded through a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, is being implemented in partnership with the Institute for Child Success (ICS).

Our thoughts
#BecauseOfArtsEd
Wolf Trap Teaching Artists are dedicated to sharing powerful arts strategies with early childhood educators. During National Arts in Education Week, they share how their unique experiences have shaped their work with Wolf Trap and their careers as artists.

Rainstorms and symphonies
A Wolf Trap Teaching Artist and Head Start teacher describe their experiences working together to integrate music and theater into planned lessons. 

Recent news about Wolf Trap Institute
Las Vegas preschool arts program expands with $100K grant
Preschool teachers throughout Southern Nevada are getting an infusion of the arts into their instruction through an expansion of the Southern Nevada Wolf Trap Early Learning Through the Arts program.