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Alli Leake

The early years are truly a special time. Not only do brain researchers tell us that an enormous amount of learning happens in the first five years of life, but I love how you can actually see this learning happening in the faces of young children. Giggles, wonderment, and puzzled expressions are all part of our early learning philosophy at the museum. As the Director of Early Childhood Education, I’m currently working to create new exhibit spaces and family programs that inspire playful learning for our youngest visitors and their caregivers. We are here to serve visitors of all abilities and backgrounds, and it gives me great joy to help create an inclusive museum experience for all.

Recent posts by Alli Leake

a father plays with his young child
April 18, 2018

More brain development happens before a child’s third birthday than at any other time in life. Between birth and age three, the brain grows from 25% to 80% of its adult size and forms one million new neural connections each second. If a baby’s... READ MORE

a woman and child sit reading a book together in a corner near a low bookshelf
May 4, 2016

Hello! I’m new here, so I’d like to introduce myself. I’m Alli, the new Director of Early Childhood Education here at The Discovery Museums. This past Fall the Museums were very sad to say goodbye to Lucas, the previous Early Childhood Education... READ MORE