Healthy Children, Healthy Communities Investigative Curriculum

Healthy Children, Healthy Communities® Initiative

Since 2006, the Healthy Children, Healthy Communities initiative has educated millions of families about health and wellness through interactive exhibits, programming, and key partnerships with leading health experts and other renowned community resources. Delighted with the return of the highly popular Healthyville® exhibit in 2017, we are entering phase two of the initiative, which includes a reimagining of the museum cafe and teaching gardens.

An award-winning exhibit in which six main attractions, 50 hands-on activities, and educational computer games — all within the vibrant and fun community of Healthyville — help children learn about nutrition, fitness, hygiene, and safety. Full-time residents Milo, Lucy, Jonathan, Claudia, and Bree guide children as they explore topics, activities, and their own brainpower!

Educational Programs and Events

Parent education programs, school and group workshops, classes, youth-hosted forums, ask-the-expert and community programs cover important topics such as nutrition, safety, hygiene, and fitness and provide information to parents, families and schools.

Statewide Community Outreach

Stepping Stones Museum for Children reaches communities statewide through outreach experiences such as the Healthyville mini exhibit, Conservation Quest® mini exhibit, free nutrition kits for schools, and health exhibit components at the Yale Pediatric Center — part of Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital, health-based vignettes on Connecticut Public Television, and workshops for schools, teachers, and parents.

Norwalk Summer Academy

For the fifth consecutive year, Stepping Stones Museum for Children partnered with Norwalk Public Schools and Literacy How to provide transformational summer learning experiences to more than 1,300 pre-kindergarten through grade eight students during the five-week 2020 Norwalk Summer Academy (NSA). Students of the NSA are led through fun, STEAM-infused (science, technology engineering, arts and math) by the residents of the fictional city of Healthyville®, including its Youth Advisory Team Leader,Lucy Somebody. Click here to learn more in a press release about this curriculum.