title aboutus effects

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.


title aboutus facts

· 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!

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