About This Program
Alden Phelps: Baby Artsplay!™ Caregiver Residency
Early Learning / Wolf Trap
Baby Artsplay!™ Caregiver residency programs are a series of fun, interactive workshops led by a teaching artist that use research-based performing arts experiences to support the cognitive, physical, and social development of infants and toddlers, ages 0-4. During the residency, teaching artists work directly with caregivers and their children in an embedded professional development model, supporting caregivers in learning how to integrate singing, dancing, drama, and other multi-sensory activities into their children’s daily routine. This collaborative, hands-on approach helps caregivers to tap into their child’s innate sense of curiosity and desire to connect to the world around them. These residencies often take place in Judy Centers, libraries, and other community-based centers.
All Wolf Trap teaching artists are trained through the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning through the Arts in their evidence-based model and early childhood practices.
Individual Workshop/Session Length
20-30-minute workshop + 10-15 minute debrief with the artist.
"Alden did an excellent job of encouraging audience participation and capturing student interest. Everyone should experience one of his performances at least once."
Jessica, Teacher, Maree G. Farring Elementary Middle
"From start to finish the performance [Alden's performance] was just outstanding. The students just loved him. After the performance I had a few teachers tell me how much they enjoyed the assembly. My personal favorite part of the performance was when Alden had the signs on stage for the words to the song for the students to sing along with him. I am not sure that my son knew that Alden was getting him to read, or else he would have not enjoyed the assembly so much. My son, who is 7, told me later that day that "I am going to miss that guy, he was awesome!""
Sandy, PTA, Dowell Elementary School