Educational Institutions

Children's Museum of Richmond

Where learning is always in play!

Richmond, VA   |  www.childrensmuseumofrichmond.org

Mission

The Children's Museum inspires growth in all children by engaging families in learning through play.

Ruling year info

1978

Principal Officer

Danielle Ripperton

Main address

2626 West Broad Street

Richmond, VA 23220 USA

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Formerly known as

Richmond Children's Museum

EIN

51-0220694

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Children's Museums (A52)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Field Trip Programming

The Children's Museum offers field trip opportunities for students ranging from pre-kindergarten to third grade. These visits include free play and a 45-minute educator-led program emphasizing Math, Science, History and Art. All programs are aligned with the Virginia Standards of Learning or Virginia's Foundation Blocks of Early Learning standards. The museum curriculum is designed to offer a hands-on learning experience that requires problem-solving and opportunities for creative ownership that are not always available in the classroom.

Population(s) Served
K-12 (5-19 years)
Infants to preschool (under age 5)

After merging with the Children's Museum of Richmond in 2013, Commonwealth Parenting has become mission-driven in caregiver outreach through partnerships with schools, and non-profit organizations. Programs include hands-on activity stations, group learning opportunities, brief informational presentations, and kindergarten readiness activities.

Population(s) Served
Parents
Caregivers

Since taking over the Book Bank in 2012 the Children's Museum has given away more than 250,000 books to children in and around Central Virginia who cannot afford or do not have access to books. By providing opportunities for children to read and be read to, the Book Bank is an important tool in improving school readiness for pre-kindergarten-aged children and enhancing literacy in school-aged children. The Book Buggy hit the streets of Richmond in April 2016 to deliver books directly to schools and neighborhoods where students live. During the summer months, the Book Buggy visits the region’s government housing units and low-income neighborhoods on a weekly basis. Children are invited to hop on the buggy and pick out an age-appropriate book that piques their interests.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth (0-19 years)

Special Nights is a free monthly program designed for youth age 18 and under with a disability. Families explore the museum with a reduced number of visitors and accommodations to create a sensory-friendly environment. In an effort to make the holiday tradition accessible to all children, CM hosts the Sensitive Legendary Santa event in December, which welcomes families at no cost. Families enjoy a no-wait visit with Santa, special activity stations in addition to the museum’s exhibits, and a judgment-free zone to interact with other families in the Special Needs community. CM offers year-long volunteer opportunities to students with disabilities in job skills training programs. Collaborations with organizations like The Faison School for Autism have provided CM with over 600 volunteer hours a year. Collaboration with Virginia Commonwealth University allows CM to offer adapted field trip programs and supplies to school groups of students with disabilities.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth (0-19 years)
Infants to preschool (under age 5)

The Children's Museum of Richmond hosts special events each year that highlight the diversity and celebrate the cultural traditions of the Greater Richmond communities. Each is designed with an educational focus and aligns with our other initiatives/programs. During these events local artists, musicians, teachers, and dancers often showcase their skills and pride for their culturally-affiliated organizations.

Population(s) Served
K-12 (5-19 years)
Infants to preschool (under age 5)

Where we work

Accreditations

Better Business Bureau of Central VA - Accredited Charity 2012

Affiliations & memberships

ConnectRichmond 2005

CultureWorks 2005

Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce 2005

Greater Richmond Visitors Bureau 2005

United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg Partnership Agency 2005

Virginia Association of Museums 2005

HandsOn Greater Richmond 2016

Museums on the Boulevard 2016

Partnership for Families - Northside 2016

Partnership for Nonprofit Excellence 2016

Smart Beginnings-Early Child Development Coalition 2016

Virginia Association of Museums 2016

Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 2016

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

Over the next 3 to 5 years the Children's Museum of Richmond wants to provide programming and support to families in the Central Virginia Area. The Children's Museum of Richmond normally works with children ages 0 to 8 and their caregivers but also provides programming for older children as well. <br/>1) Play a meaningful role in improving Kindergarten readiness for the area's under-resourced children<br/>2) Be the first source for important early childhood information for parents/ caregivers<br/>3) Encourage the use of learning through play in tandem with traditional classroom learning<br/>4) Educate the public on childhood development <br/>5) Encourage literacy by distributing books from the Central Virginia Children's Book Bank to under-served children<br/>6) Educate older children on the importance of philanthropy and the non-profit community<br/>7) Provide a safe environment for children to play

The Children's Museum of Richmond has a number of strategies it has implemented to meet its goals. 1) CM merged with Commonwealth Parenting to provide important information on parenting. Commonwealth Parenting offers free parenting classes to under-resourced families, speaking engagements from renowned childhood development experts, and demonstrations free of charge in the museum facility. 2) CM took charge of the Children's Museum Book Bank. The book bank hands out new and like-new books to under-resourced children. They are delivered directly to children at school and given out to all scholarship field trips. 3) CM began the Junior Intern Program to introduce high school students to the importance of philanthropy. Junior Interns are given a college scholarship after completing volunteer hours as well as attending training sessions on non-profits. 4) CM provides scholarship memberships as well as scholarship field trips so all children have a chance to learn through play. CM has strong partnerships with local community partners and schools to help distribute the available services. 5) CM has created a mobile app with the Carmax Foundation to help prepare children' for kindergarten. In addition, CM hosts a kindergarten readiness program for local preschools as well as a kindergarten kick off event. 6) CM provides exhibits which are designed to encourage learning in unconventional ways.

The Children's Museum of Richmond has a number of deep partnerships which will help the museum meet its long term goals. The museum created an Education Advisory council made up of education experts as well as local superintendents to advise the Children's Museum of Richmond. The museum works with community partners like the YWCA, Peter Paul Development Center, Partnership for Families, and The Sacred Heart Center. The Children's Museum of Richmond is partnered with Venture Richmond for the folk festival and helps with many other local attractions. The museum operates on a $4 million budget with 68% of its income coming from earned revenue and the remaining 32% contributed. The museum has a full time staff of 30 and a part time staff of 50. Staff is trained to interact with children and guests. Key staff members include: President and CEO Shannon L. Venable, Chief Operating Officer Meredith Harris, and Chief Financial Officer Salina Scioscia. The Children's Museum of Richmond has four locations in Richmond, Chesterfield, Henrico, and Fredericksburg. By expanding the number of locations, the museum has been able to serve even more children in Virginia.

The Children's Museum of Richmond uses a number of quantitative and qualitative measures to determine its success in the community. The Children's Museum of Richmond tracks the number of visitors who attend any of the museum's four locations and any of the museum's offsite events. In addition, the museum tracks the number of books given to under-resourced children as well as all scholarship visits. In order to make sure the Children's Museum of Richmond is consistently providing exceptional educational benefits to children, the museum regularly has professional educators answer surveys critiquing museum exhibits and programming. The museum also uses pre and post tests for some of its programming to ensure all its programming is effective.

The Children's Museum of Richmond has made great progress toward reaching our goals. 37% of the museum's field trip guests came at a free or reduced rate. The Children's Museum Book Bank has increased the number of books distributed each year. At the current rate of distribution, the museum hopes to deliver over 35,000 books this year.

Financials

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Children's Museum of Richmond

Board of directors
as of 12/12/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Bryan Jones

Hourigan

Term: 2018 - 2020

Vishwa Link

McGuire Woods

Bryan Jones

Hourigan

Jennifer McClellan

Verizon

Patricia Shell

Dominion

Samantha Otero

McCandlish Holton

Carli Nelson

Monumental Consulting

Rudene Haynes

Hunton Andrews Kurth, LLP

Melvin Watkins

M&T Bank

Charlene Whitfield

Dominion

Nick Harrison

KPMG

Kamran Khan

Altria

Kelly Beazley

Bank of America

Stephanie Maxwell

Community Volunteer

Lynn Mussatt

CarMax

Casey Lucier

McGuireWoods, LLC

Kim VanHuss

Kimble, CPA

Shawn Harrigan

BDO

Loretta Tabb

Wells Fargo Advisors

Raj Malhotra

HCA Virginia

Mary Farrell

Community Volunteer

Louise Welch

Capital One

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