Last year, the Department of Philosophy at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, created a Center for Philosophy and Children (see this post). Now the Center has won a $250,000 grant to support its programs.The grant will support the Center for Philosophy and Children’s residential summer philosophy program for high school students. The program includes scholarships for all of the participants that covers tuition, room and board, and transportation. The Center also provides assistance to summer program participants during the school year to help them with the college application process.
Besides the summer program, the Center facilitates the Philosophy in Public Schools program, which sends undergraduates, graduate students, and professors into public schools in Western Massachusetts to explore philosophical concepts with children. It also has plans to train school teachers to bring philosophy programs into the classroom.