Our Family Focus program provides free parenting education, Museum membership and transportation assistance to more than 1,300 disadvantaged families each year, including families living in poverty, foster families, teen parents, at-risk fathers and many others whose circumstances often limit their access to educational resources that can build a child’s academic skills, shape their values and positively influence their lifelong capacity to learn. Your donation will help ensure that needy local families can participate in the program for a full year.
Neighborhood Night is an evening each month when the Museum offers free admission to ensure that low-income and working families have access to our educational activities and services, including experiences like those found in our Be A Maker space, a communal workshop that provides young children and adults with opportunities to explore a broad range of do-it-yourself projects using a variety of real tools, materials, digital resources and technologies that encourage them to acquire new skills, collaborate and share what they learn. Your donation will support innovative educational programming during this important monthly outreach event.
Know and Grow is the Museum’s outreach program that brings our parent-engagement, school-readiness, and early literacy and STEAM-based maker programs to targeted, high-needs neighborhoods each month. Thanks to our partnerships with area schools, churches and trusted agencies, we are reaching families where they live, work and play, with a goal of improving outcomes for disadvantaged children by helping build a caregiver’s understanding of child development, while cultivating their use of community resources that support early learning.
The Museum’s Special Admissions Program provides free/subsidized admission to disadvantaged children and adults, including school children who participate in the National School Lunch Program, adults and children with physical, cognitive or emotional disabilities, and low-income community groups, childcare centers and neighborhood organizations. Your donation will help underwrite a special field trip experience for a classroom or community group.