On September 20, children and families from some of Promise’s early learning centers had the chance to visit the Children’s Museum of Cleveland for the first time in an event held as part of the #PromiseReads campaign.
The museum’s new location on Euclid Avenue sits on the border of the Central neighborhood. Thanks to a donor gift, the museum is offering free one-year memberships to families in Central. Promise reached out to Friendly Inn Settlement House, as well as Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority, to invite preschool classes to the museum with their parents and introduce them to this enriching neighborhood resource. Friendly Inn’s early childhood group and students from Outhwaite Headstart attended the event to explore the museum.
The afternoon kicked off with a visit from WKYC news anchor Lynna Lai, who read stories to the children as they arrived. After a few games and songs, kids were free to check out the museum’s largest and most engaging exhibits, the Adventure Zone and the Wonder Lab. Promise staff played along, joining the children in the fun and speaking with parents about how to make the experience more accessible to Central residents. Representatives from the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, Daily Dose of Reading and SPARK helped parents sign up for their educational opportunities, and created crafts with the children.
Each parent who attended with their children signed up to receive a free museum membership. Thanks to the Children’s Museum of Cleveland and WKYC for sharing in this wonderful opportunity.
For more information on how to receive a museum membership for families in Central, contact Tatiana Wells, Promise early learning navigator at Starting Point: (216) 575-0061 ext. 538.