Smithsonian Early Explorers
The Smithsonian Early Explorers (SEE) program builds on 25 years of experience Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center educators have in using museums and community resources to enrich the lives of young children and provide a positive foundation for life-long learning experiences.
- The Smithsonian Early Explorers (SEE) and is a program of the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center (SEEC).
- Classes meet twice a week from 9:30 - 11:30 at the Smithsonian Institutions and each class involves museum visit.
- When joining the SEE program, children must be at least 18 months. And children must be younger than 36 months in September of the year that they join. Once part of the program, children may continue to participate past the age of three.
- Classes include caregiver and child
- Classes meet from September - June
Enrollment in the SEE program is based upon an annual random number drawing lottery process that includes consideration of factors such as parents' place of employment and sibling status. Smithsonian employees and siblings of children previously enrolled in the program get priority for all open spaces at SEE. Each March, enrollment is determined for the upcoming fall through the lottery process. If a vacancy occurs during the year, a child will be selected from the remaining applicants according to the same lottery results, but always giving priority to Smithsonian staff members and alumni families.
All applications should be returned to SEE along with the application fee of $50. A fee of $25 is charged to reapply each year. Application DOES NOT
SEE Priority Tiers
Smithsonian Employees/ Alum Families
All other applicants
Families chosen for the lottery are required to attend a Visitor's Day, which is a slightly modified version of a typical SEE class. There is no additional charge for the Visitor's Day. After attending Visitor Day's, families will be contacted by the lead educator to confirm their interest in the program. Once confirmed, families will be expected to fill out forms, pay a deposit (see below), and participate in a brief orientation to secure their space in the program.