The Fairfield Museum and History Center has received a one-year, $20,000 grant from Fairfield County Community Foundation for the implementation of new education initiatives.

The museum will use the funds to develop a plan to improve and expand educational programming and reinstall its core regional history exhibition for the 2012-2013 school year to support educational programs, according to a release from the museum.

These initiatives will be carried out in an effort to increase visitation to the museum, expand programming to a wider geographic area and increase student participation in its school programs while improving the quality and impact of those programs, the release states.

Working with the museum's staff on this effort is Jane Fragner, former assistant director of education at the Jewish Museum in New York and a curator for museum education at the Greenwich Historical Society and Hartford's Wadsworth Atheneum.

The Fairfield Museum and History Center, 370 Beach Road, is a community cultural and education center established in 2007 by the Fairfield Historical Society. The 13,000 square-foot museum offers a wide range of educational programs for all ages from outreach programs and workshops to public lectures and tours, the release states.

The museum is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday and noon to 4 p.m. weekends.

For information on the museum visit www.fairfieldhistory.org, or call 203-259-1598. Visit www.fccfoundation.org for information on the foundation.