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UCI Education Programs

UCI’s Community Education team collaborates with more than 20 institutional partners to bring learning to life for more than 15,000 people, from preschool to senior adult learners, through arts-enriched community education programs.  

In 1973 UCI's Community Education Department was established to connect the resources of University Circle’s world-class institutions to students of all ages and backgrounds through informal education programs. The team focuses its work on removing barriers so all people can partake in University Circle educational experiences. While we aim to make sure that all interested learners get connected to the incredible resources of University Circle, we concentrates much of our attention on the neighbors adjacent to the Circle. 

Today, the team manages five programs that enhance the lives of children and adults throughout the region. To learn more about our signature programs, click on a link below. 

Early Learning Initiative (ELI)

The Early Learning Initiative (ELI) creates a vital link between preschool teachers, students, and families, and the collections and live performance resources of University Circle institutions.

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Linking Education and Discovery (LEAD)

LEAD provides thousands of K-8 students in Cleveland Metropolitan Schools with engaging and enriching learning experiences through visits to Circle-area museums, gardens, and performing arts institutions. 

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Circle Scholars

Circle Scholars connects 7th and 8th graders from nearby neighborhoods with afterschool activities focused on learning more about and becoming stewards of their communities.

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Future Connections

Future Connections provides a dynamic eight-week college and career readiness experience for rising high school seniors. 

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University Circle Interactive Cleveland (UCIC)

UCIC offers unique experiences using videoconferencing technology to allow seniors to "travel the world" using interactive technology in real-time from their retirement communities or local senior centers. 

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Circle Partners Educators Collaborative

The Community Education team also convenes the education departments within and beyond University Circle – called Circle Partners Educators Collaborative (CPEC). The Circle Partners are committed to collaboration, inclusivity, reflection, intentionality, and growth.  The Circle Partners collaborate by sharing best practices, research, and insights on thoughtfully engaging learners of all ages.

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Directory of University Circle Schools

In addition to the educational programs and activities available in University Circle, it’s home to many schools and educational institutions. See a complete list here.


Education Programs at University Circle

Explore informal learning programs, exhibits, classes, tours, events and services that enhance the University Circle experience for all visitors.


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