NGCP partners with The Franklin Institute to lead the National Science Foundation-funded initiative Leap into Science: Cultivating a National Network for Informal Science and Literacy. Leap into Science is nationally recognized program that empowers educators to lead engaging science and literacy workshops for children ages 3-10 and their families in community settings, including libraries, museums, and out-of-school time programs.
The program model consists of state leadership teams representing diverse institutions from state libraries to statewide afterschool programs that are provided with tools to train educators in their state on Leap into Science curriculum and facilitation strategies. Since 2017, over 1,900 educators have been trained, across 20 states. These educators have reported hosting 1,606 workshop reaching approximately 29,000 children and adults.