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Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts

A national leader in early childhood education, Wolf Trap’s acclaimed Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts was established in 1981 at the request of Head Start. Based on decades of research demonstrating that the application of high-quality arts education is a highly-effective instructional approach to students’ knowledge acquisition and skills learning, Wolf Trap Institute uses performing arts strategies to teach across subject areas through intensive professional development for teachers and direct arts-integrated instruction in early childhood classrooms. Wolf Trap reaches children in economically disadvantaged communities, so that they may have access to high-quality early childhood arts education programs. In the 2015-16 school year, Wolf Trap, through its affiliate network and partnerships in 30 states across the country—including Turnaround Arts, a signature program of the President’s Committee on Arts and Humanities—expects to serve 60,000 children, teachers and parents. Wolf Trap Foundation is proud to partner with Invest in US and commits $1 million in 2016 to early childhood arts integration services. Together, they are working to accomplish the President’s mandate to invest in quality early childhood education.