Co-op City children's shelter turns into learning hub

A group of children at a shelter in Co-op City are learning how food and art can be fun thanks to the Children's Museum of Manhattan.

A group of children at a shelter in Co-op City are learning how food and art can be fun thanks to the Children's Museum of Manhattan. (9/23/15)

CO-OP CITY - A group of children at a shelter in Co-op City are learning how food and art can be fun thanks to the Children's Museum of Manhattan. 

Since June, museum staffers have been going to the Town & Country Family Center once a week to teach health and art classes to kids. They say that it is a different, fun approach to educating the kids.

Museum education manager Susan Lim says their "Eat, Play, Grow" curriculum was developed for children up to 4 years old. The idea, she says, is to promote early childhood education and development for kids at the shelter.

The Co-op City center is one of four labs set up by the museum, spread throughout the city's boroughs.

Staff members say the four learning labs are part of a pilot program that has been so successful that the museum has already started to identify other shelters where they can install additional labs.

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