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Access to Early Childhood educational experiences are a key factor to school success. Research indicates that the highest quality programs provide young children with the opportunity for play-to-learn experiences. CML offers a unique opportunity to engage in play that fosters cognitive, social/emotional and fine and gross motor development in a safe environment.
Introducing CML's Early Education Access Fund
Did you know? 23% of all children in the tri-county area are living in poverty, and only 40% of SC 4-year-olds are enrolled in federally funded Pre-K programs. The needs these young children and families face are urgent and their resources remain fragmented and limited. Lack of school readiness leads to poor academic achievement, which ultimately leads to a pattern of breakdown and failure in life.
CML seeks to be a
critical part of the solution. Through its Early Education Access Fund,
the museum is committed to offering affordable access to quality
programming and experiences for low-income communities. This is more
than a gesture of goodwill. CML and its key stakeholders feel it's the
museum's duty and responsibility to make a meaningful and lasting impact
on the community's youngest citizens.
Baby Scholars: Prenatal
CML partners with Florence Crittenton Residential Program of Charleston to provide a monthly program called Baby Scholars
for at-risk pregnant women ages 21 and under. The goals of the program
are to: 1) Impact the value of strong, healthy mother-child connections
and how to develop and build these relationships, 2) Convey the
importance of language and literacy as it relates to a child's school
readiness and how to promote these skills and 3) Provide access to the
Museum as a place where mother and child can learn and grow together.
Early Connections: Birth - 3 Years
Designed to enhance connections between children and their caregives, Early Connections strengthens
literacy, social skills, communication and problem solving while
building self-confidence. CML is working to gain additional funding
through the Early Education Access Fund to expand this program to early
childhood providers within the community.
CML Camp Scholarships: 3 - 10 Years
the year, CML offers a series of out-of-school camp programs that
explore a variety of themes and engage children in independent play.
These programs are developed to encourage social interaction and
leadership skills as well as foster an image of positive self-worth.
Resources for free or low-cost camps and activities are limited, and too
many low-income children spend school breaks with extended periods of
unstructured and unsupervised time. CML's solution is to provide camp
scholarships, providing children with a safe, creative environment where
they can explore, learn and play.
Museums for All: Families Together
CML is thrilled to announce its participation in the Museums for All cooperative
initiative between the Institute of Library Sciences (IMLS) and the
Association of Children's Museums (ACM)! This program aims to ensure
that every family and child has access to a high quality museum
experience. Beginning December 1, 2015, individuals or families of up to
6 people will be granted admission to CML upon presenting an Electronic
Benefits Transfer (EBT) card. Many museums offer free days, but these
can be inconvenient times for working families. Museums for All offers
this discounted rate at any time, every day.
that are supported by CML's Early Education Access Fund include Title
One School Field Trips, SuperStars and FAM JAM.
Alternate ways to give include by phone, monthly bankdraft, stocks & securities and planned gifts. For more information, contact our Director of Development, Ellie Tiller at 843.853.8962 x238 or