Tri-museum early learning collaborative awarded $225,000 from the Boeing Company

Children’s Museum of Tacoma, KidsQuest Children’s Museum and Imagine Children’s Museum have been awarded a $225,000 grant from The Boeing Company to support the Tri-Museum Early Learning Collaborative. This funding allows the collaborative to expand programming that increases access, and gives children the skills needed to succeed in school.

With this grant, each museum in this collaborative will be tailoring existing programming and leveraging partnerships to meet local families’ need for educational support, particularly when it comes to fostering their children’s prekindergarten math skills. The Children’s Museum of Tacoma is expanding its popular Play to Learn program, which is free and available at sites throughout Pierce County. KidsQuest, in Bellevue, is increasing math opportunities throughout the museum, as well as increasing early learning partnerships with organizations that serve families in crisis. Imagine Children’s Museum is expanding early learning, math and science programming throughout Snohomish County.

The Boeing Company grants support organizations that develop tomorrow’s innovators through investments in STEM education and in the 21st century skills required in today’s modern workplace. In particular, The Boeing Company targets readiness, experiential learning opportunities, and adaptability skills.

Outside wall of Tacoma's Children's Museum Photo by Morf Morford

Outside wall of Tacoma’s Children’s Museum
Photo by Morf Morford

About Children’s Museum of Tacoma:

The Children’s Museum of Tacoma honors children and champions play. The Museum believes play is the elemental component of children’s learning. The Museum’s playscapes reach beyond home and school experiences to engage young children and their adults in self-directed play that celebrates imagination and encourages creativity.

The Museum is the first private, non-profit children’s museum in the country to offer Pay As You Will admissions. That means everyone is welcome through the Museum’s doors to play regardless of their ability to pay.  This commitment to access for all families in Pierce County families is also demonstrated through the free Play to Learn program, serving 22 locations weekly during the academic year. Museum programs include Preschool Powered by Play for children ages 3-5 years old at the CMT and Hoyt Early Learning Center campuses; as well as The Muse: A Children’s Center, a licensed, childcare facility serving 68 families with children ages 12 months to five years old.

MUSEUM HOURS: Wed – Sun: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Tuesdays 10 -11:30 a.m. exclusively for children with special needs.

MEMBER ONLY HOURS: Monday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday: 9 – 10 a.m.

    – Children’s Museum of Tacoma