Early Childhood Initiative

Children’s Theatre Company hears the call for shared responsibility to our community’s youngest children.


CTC collaborates with and presents work by leading performing artists for early learners from around the world, and is a national leader in creating new plays that respect and encourage the playful nature of audience members ages 2 - 5. To increase early and equitable access to high quality arts experiences, CTC provides ticket access and transportation subsidies to childcare centers serving low income communities to remove barriers to attending our preschool performances.

CTC’s ‘Early Bridges’ is a unique early childhood literacy program combining interactive storytelling and theatre arts with best practices in early childhood, based on the hypothesis that theatre experiences support young children’s social, emotional, cognitive, and creative play skills—including the development and practice of crucial language skills.

Because a parent is often a child’s first and most important teacher, CTC offers Theatre Arts Training classes for preschool parents and caregivers together with their children. Theatre arts activities are introduced as a springboard for play, and the value of play and creative storytelling is promoted as a key component of healthy child development.

CTC's Early Childhood programs receive ongoing input and assessment from the University of Minnesota's Center for Early Education and Development (CEED).

2016-2017 Early Childhood Initiative Community Partners
Anishinabe Academy Pre-K, Bruce Vento Elementary Pre-K, Eastern Heights Elementary Pre-K, Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE), Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery, Jeremiah Program, Joyce Preschool, Kateri House, La Creche Early Childhood Center, Mary T. Wellcome Child Development Center at Phyllis Wheatley, Montessori American Indian Childcare Center, Northside Child Development Center, Parents in Community Action (PICA) Head Start, Paul and Sheila Wellstone Elementary, People Serving People (Preschool and Center for Changing Lives' Center of Excellence for Resilience),  St. Paul Music Magnet Pre-K, St. Stephens Human Services, Way to Grow at Urban Ventures and Center for Families, YWCA Downtown Minneapolis Early Childhood Center.