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.


SEEC is a separately incorporated 501(c)3 housed at the Smithsonian Institution. The mission of the SEEC is two-fold: to provide a high-quality educational program for young children, and to advance educational opportunities for all children by sharing SEEC’s expertise on a national level, thereby furthering the education mandate of the Smithsonian Institution.

SEEC in Action

To explore the practices of the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center visit this website inspired by a series of beautiful exhibit cases that were designed for a staff area in the National Museum of American History. Learn about SEEC’s teaching methods through interviews with educators and example projects, and be inspired to use objects in your own practice.