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A Kid's Port to Discovery: Healthy Habits

Children and families jumped, clapped, hooted and hollered with excitement at a recent assembly that took place at James McHenry Elementary/Middle School.

Why were they jumping for joy? Because the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) and Port Discovery presented every pre-K, Kindergarten, and first-grade student at James McHenry Elementary/Middle School with a free “Pass to Play” at none other than the nationally recognized Port Discovery Children’s Museum. Wahoo!

The Kid's Port to Discovery: Healthy Habits program presents children from West Baltimore – including students at James McHenry Elementary/Middle as well as children and families that attend UMB’s Community Engagement Center - with a free, year-long membership to Port Discovery Children’s Museum, empowering children and their families to take part in playful learning opportunities at the Museum free of charge.

Why is providing A Kid's Port to Discovery: Healthy Habits program so important? 

“We want every child to have the opportunity to learn through play,” said Bryn Parchman, President & CEO of Port Discovery Children’s Museum. “Partnerships like this one help us provide access to Port Discovery – and the learning and development that happens here.”

The Kid's Port to Discovery: Healthy Habits program is being funded by UMB and is part of an expanded partnership between UMB and Port Discovery Children’s Museum.

Presently, both organizations collaborate to offer A Kid’s Port to Discovery: Healthy Habits program, where children are selected from after-school programs throughout Baltimore City to participate in a five-week program that explores healthy eating, activities, and more. The two organizations also partner to deliver playful learning programs delivered at the UMB Community Engagement Center.

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