We believe the effects of implementing our core values will have a far reaching effect encouraging and inspiring our community to a higher standard of living.
- Encouraging life-long learning
- Education is a known weapon against poverty.
- Respecting all children
- So that everyone has equal opportunity to grow and develop.
- A community resource
- To serve as a source of inspiration and resource for children and all who touch their lives.
- Creating a sense of belonging
- The feelings of ownership and belonging evoke a heightened sense of respect and responsibility for a community.
- Celebrating the Pee Dee
- Opening the eyes of children, families, teachers and schools to the playground and laboratory that is their home whether it is the backyard, schoolyard, city or county park.
- Recognizing the story that is our history thereby developing a knowledge and respect for our community and region.
- Promoting healthy children and families
- Encouraging the highest standard of care regarding child and family health including, but not limited to, nutrition, exercise, literacy, media exposure, sleep, childhood illnesses and other special needs.
· According to the ACM Membership Survey, more than 30 million children and families visited children's museums in 2008
· Thirty-five percent of children's museums are flagships in downtown revitalization projects
· In 1975 there were approximately 38 children's museums in the United States. Eighty new children's museums opened between 1976 and 1990. Since 1990, an additional 125 have opened
· There are approximately 78 children's museums in the planning phase.
· Eighty-one percent (up from 65% in 2004) of ACM museums have a dedicated early childhood exhibit space specifically designed for infants and toddlers.
· Thirty-five percent of ACM museums have an outdoor exhibit and/or garden.
· Forty-nine percent (up from 34% in 2004) run after school programs
· The largest children's museum is The Children's Museum of Indianapolis (Indiana), which has a total of 433,000 square feet.
· The oldest children's museum is the Brooklyn Children's Museum (New York), which opened in 1899; the children's museum field is 111 years young!