MPT Ready to Learn | Local Impact
MPT, along with our Community Collaborative for Early Learning with Media partners, are engaging with families in the Forest Park neighborhood of Baltimore in new and exciting ways! These incredible partnerships are strengthened by stories of success and impact that demonstrate how, together, we support early learning with meaningful interactions.
The Sears Family
Devon searched for summer learning activities to engage her 4-year-old Caleb’s love for science. She needed a program that welcomed his younger sister and fit Dad’s busy work schedule. It was important to her to find “something to do that’s entertaining and educational.”
Devon received a text from her local children's librarian to join MPT’s free workshop series for families with young children. The Ready Jet Go! Family & Community Learning (FCL) series at Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore's Walbrook community, offered meaningful learning by teaching core science concepts through video, game-play, and hands-on, space-related engineering design activities. She knew that she found her answer!
The Sears Family was over the moon to blast into space with Ready Jet Go! and MPT as they engaged in playful learning to design spacesuits, build moon rovers, and launch rockets. Together, the family celebrated their accomplishments during the 4-part FCL series. As parents, Devon and Rob were able to encourage Caleb's sense of discovery and see his scientific thinking in action.
Enoch Pratt Free Library
Enoch Pratt Free Library is quickly becoming a media mentor in Baltimore's Walbrook community. MPT's partnership with the library builds capacity and helps expand engagement and outreach programming with Family and Community Learning (FCL) workshops.
Listen to what library staff say about the FLC workshops:
“I love that it has the rigor of the science experiment or art project or social studies exploration with the warmth of a book club or a playdate with friends and home extensions. It’s a wonderful confluence of print and digital media, learning and playing, education and fun, school, and home, parents and children - wonderful dynamics at play.”
“The FCL’s that we’ve introduced at Walbrook have been so well received and have been such a great template for family engagement and have strengthened our partnership with the community as a trusted place to provide quality programming. We are keen to bring this model to other branches.”