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.
Did you know? For each dollar invested in Early Childhood Development, society saves $7 in future costs. Furthermore, the highest rate of return comes from investing as early as possible, from birth through 5, in under-resourced families. During these very early years, the brain is developing rapidly, building the foundation for cognitive and character skills that are necessary for success in school, career and life. Developing and refining these skills early leads to more capable, productive and valuable citizens who will pay dividends to generations to come.
25% 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 that these young children and families face are urgent and their resources remain limited and fragmented.
CML seeks to be a critical part of the solution. Through the Early Education Access Fund, the Museum aims to provide affordable access to high-quality programming and experiences for low-income children and families. CML and its key stakeholders feel that it is their 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: 1) to impart the value of strong, healthy mother-child connections and to develop and build these relationships, 2) to convey the importance of language and literacy as it relates to a child's school readiness and 3) to 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 caregivers, 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 summer 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.