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Early Learning Through the Arts Program

Request a Wolf Trap Residency for your Early Childhood Classroom!

Gateway to the Arts is proud to be one of 16 regional affiliates of the internationally acclaimed Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts, and the only site in Pennsylvania. Western Pennsylvania Wolf Trap includes professional development workshops for early childhood educators and seven-week classroom residencies. Call for cost information.

Gateway to the Arts’ Western Pennsylvania Wolf Trap program provides innovative arts-in-education experiences for children ages 3-5, their teachers and families. The objective is to encourage early childhood practitioners to integrate performing arts teaching techniques into their curriculum to support their children's learning. Drama, music and movement experiences not only support physical, cognitive and socio-emotional development, but they create active, joyful, child-centered learning environments!

Western Pennsylvania Wolf Trap program offers include:

  • Professional Development workshops for early childhood educators.  For a list of workshops, download our professional development brochure.
  • Classroom Residencies — Participating teachers partner with the teaching artists in the classroom to develop, refine and assess experiences designed to foster children’s cognitive,socio-emotional, physical and creative development, drawing on the artist’s performing arts specialty and on the educators’ early childhood knowledge and experience. Sites located within Allegheny County and no farther than 25 miles from downtown Pittsburgh may choose a seven-week/14-day residency. One-week/five-day residencies are available for more distant locations.
  • Supplementary Wolf Trap Classroom Materials — Each participating classroom receives access to Wolf Trap Intitute Early Learning Through the Arts resources and an additional gift (picture book, musical instrument, etc.) Each child receives a “Take-home” booklet, which recaps the residency activities and provides prompts for arts interaction at home.

STEAM in the Early Childhood Classroom

Since 2011, Gateway to the Arts has begun offering Western PA Wolf Trap STEAM residencies and professional development workshops to children, families, and educators in the region. With support from a 4-year research study showing positive results on students' math achievement from the Wolf Trap arts-integrated model, Gateway's Wolf Trap STEAM residencies teach strategies on how to support your children's STEM learning through the arts! Learn more about the research study here.

To receive information on how to enliven learning in your early childhood classroom with a Wolf Trap residency, please contact Sarah Hamilton at 412-456-2695 or by e-mail.


Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts is a program of Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts.