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The first 2,000 days are the most important for a young child’s life; it’s when the brain experiences the majority of its development. Here in Cleveland, young toddlers are not only learning letters, numbers and communication skills – now they’re learning how to rock n’ roll.

Every year, students in CEOGC’s Head Start Program, visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on a weekly basis. The initiative is called “Toddler Rock,” which provides at-risk youth the opportunity to learn about music with a hands-on experiences. Music therapists come and teach lessons to the 3-5 year old students.

“Our children have been attending ‘Toddler Rock’ for many years,” said Leslea Mckee, Education Coordinator at CEOGC. “The children have gained necessary skills through the Toddler Rock program including; letter recognition, letter sounds, rhythm, gross motor, social skills, counting and comprehending language just to name a few while enjoying the experience of attending a museum.”

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has partnered with CEOGC since 1999 along with the Beck Foundation, University Hospitals and the PNC Foundation. The grant is funded through PNC’s Grow Up Great program.