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

Throughout 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. Individuals or families of up to 6 people will be granted admission to CML for $1 total 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.

Other programs that are supported by CML’s Early Education Access Fund include Title One School Field Trips, SuperStars and FAM JAM.

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