The Center For Early Childhood Creativity And InnovatiON


The Center for Early Childhood Creativity and Innovation 


The Center for Early Childhood Creativity and Innovation (CECCI) will encourage children of all ages, abilities and experiences to imagine, create and embrace innovative thinking.

CECCI is also restoring the famed Walt Disney Birthplace in the Hermosa Neighborhood of Chicago to serve as a source of inspiration for the next generation of creative thinkers. The 1,200 square foot house will become much more than an arts center or a museum. It will be an experiential learning site that inspires creativity, and it will deliver this uplifting message: if Walt Disney could rise from such humble beginnings to become one of our greatest visionaries, then true creative genius can come from anywhere, at any time. It will inspire future generations in ways we can only begin to imagine.

For more information about The Walt Disney Birthplace, please visit www.thewaltdisneybirthplace.org.

CECCI is a California nonprofit public benefit corporation 501(c)(3).


The Walt Disney Birthplace will inspire the next generation of dreamers and doers. It will be a magical place filled with creative learning opportunities. Founders Dina Benadon and Brent Young are the principals of Hollywood-based Super 78 Studios, an award-winning Hollywood design studio with a unique talent in the museum, theme park, and special venue industries for nearly two decades.

Their expertise will guide the creative design team for the project, which will include creativity labs and creativity boxes for each attendee. Family-appropriate interactive programming will include storytelling and hands-on displays that engage all the senses. You won’t just walk through a static museum; you will experience a moment in history. You’ll hear children and be able to open drawers, to smell and even taste.


On the northwest side of Chicago, Hermosa is one of the city’s most densely populated neighborhoods, a predominantly Hispanic blue collar community. The Walt Disney Birthplace provides a unique opportunity for the neighborhood to both celebrate its favorite son and boost economic development. 


The Walt Disney Birthplace was designed by Walt’s mother Flora and hand-built by his father Elias in 1893, when the area was at the outskirts of
Chicago. They lived in this home for 13 years, the last three with all five Disney children. It was Walt’s first home and is indicative of the simple family homes of the period. A majority of the homes in this neighborhood remain modest single-family two story homes. The historic value of the home and its creative inhabitants makes the property eminently worthy of preservation.

And as we research this period of Disney family history, we are gaining new insights into how and why Walt and Roy became the men they were. We are learning how their shared childhood – and their parents – planted the seeds that would blossom so remarkably.


Brent Young, President of the Board
Dina Benadon, Vice President

2894 Rowena Avenue, 2nd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90039