Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center (SEEC)

Nestled in the nation’s capital in the richest museum complex in the world is the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center, a model early childhood program that places children at the center of every experience. The vast collections are the foundation for the culturally diverse curriculum, which offers a rare opportunity for learning. To learn more about our full-time school options, visit here.

Center for Innovation in Early Learning (CIEL)

This website is dedicated to SEEC’s outreach arm, The Center for Innovation in Early Learning (CIEL).  It provides community programming in the form of weekend family workshops, the part-time Early Explorers program, and programs for caregivers. The Center also provides professional development for early childhood and museum educators. We host workshops at the Smithsonian and webinars. CIEL is also available to serve educators and museums with our off-site workshops, consultations, and our institutional membership.

National Museum of Natural History
10th and Constitution Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20560

Partnerships: Executive Director, Meredith McMahon,,

School Enrollment: Melody Passemante Powell, Director of Infant and Toddler Programs:, 202-633-4079‬

Professional Development: Brooke Shoemaker:, 202-633-2945

Weekend Workshops & Part-time Programs: