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San Diego Children's Discovery Museum

Escondido, CA   |  https://www.sdcdm.org

Mission

San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum’s mission is to spark a love of learning so all children can discover their wildest dreams. Our vision for the future is to be the leaders in inventive early childhood learning. We aspire to serve all corners of San Diego County. Our Values: • We believe in learning through hands-on play. • We believe in nurturing kind hearts and curious minds. • We believe in educational opportunities that are inclusive and open to all.

Ruling year info

2001

Chief Executive Officer

Christina Piranio

Main address

320 North Broadway

Escondido, CA 92025 USA

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Formerly known as

Escondido Children's Museum

EIN

33-0912735

NTEE code info

Children's Museums (A52)

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Our programs

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San Diego Children's Discovery Museum

The museum has been in operation for over 20 years, serving communities in Escondido and throughout San Diego County. We were founded in 1999 as the only hands-on, educational children’s museum in North San Diego County, providing supportive educational experiences in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and arts and world cultures to children ages 0-10.

Our 13,500 square feet of indoor and outdoor museum space is located in downtown Escondido’s Opportunity Zone, a designated economically distressed community. SDCDM’s traveling Mobile Children’s Museum helps us expand our reach throughout the county by offering curricula-led STEM and Art workshops and exhibits to classrooms and the community. In the fiscal year 2022, we delivered over 7,500 activity kits and served 57,688 children and families on-site and 7,308 children through our Mobile Children’s Museum.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Parents
Infants and toddlers

The museum’s 13,500 square feet of indoor and outdoor space offers educational exhibits and twice-daily programs, including Chicken Chat, Big Science Question, and Family Workshop. Our exhibits and activities reinforce foundational learning fluencies that support children’s educational development and confidence to continue learning in school. Daily programs are based on bi-monthly themes such as “healthy planet” and “engineering.”

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Infants and toddlers
Parents

SDCDM’s traveling Mobile Children’s Museum program bridges the gap in educational attainment by bringing curricula-led STEM and Art workshops and exhibits to children from preschool through to 5th grade. The program currently deploys two vans to reach all four corners of the county, bringing much-needed hands-on, immersive learning experiences to areas of the community that need it most. Our high-quality and highly-trained educators offer workshops that build over 50 foundational fluencies and honor the variety of learners we serve. The program currently serves preschools, early childhood educational centers, elementary schools, libraries, and one-time outreach events.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Through the Roots Series, the museum produces seasonal videos and activity kits based on San Diego cultures and communities and their local and global scientific contributions. We aim to expand our hands-on educational STEM activity kit offerings to nourish the minds and bodies of San Diego children with the greatest needs.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The museum offers an on-site field trip program, award-winning virtual and distance-learning programs, and after-school and summer programming, including camps.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Parents

The museum offers special events, such as Science & Engineering, Nature Nights, Space Nights, KPBS Kids Visits, Summer Serenade, and Fun Animal Fridays, that introduce families to new concepts within STEM education and inspire them to continue learning at home.

Population(s) Served
Parents
Children and youth
Infants and toddlers

The museum's twice-monthly Sensory Friendly Sundays are explicitly designed to welcome and accommodate the needs of children with exceptionalities.

Population(s) Served
Parents
Children and youth
Infants and toddlers

Our internship program supports high school students seeking museum studies, child development, marketing, and non-profit work experiences.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The Access for All Initiative provides many of the above programs to the community at free or reduced cost, ensuring that barriers such as financial resources do not prevent children from accessing critical educational enrichment experiences. We continually seek ways to remove access barriers to education when children are at the greatest point of their educational and social-emotional development.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Parents
Infants and toddlers

Where we work

Accreditations

Association of Children's Museums 1999

Awards

State Legislature Award 2008

Assembly District 77

Community Enhancement 2007

Toyota of Escondido

Community Organization of the Year 2005

Escondido Chamber of Commerce

Superintendent's Award 2020

California Association of Musuems & California Department of Education

Affiliations & memberships

Chamber of Commerce 2000

Escondido Chamber of Commerce 2000

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

San Diego Children's Discover Museum's goal is to supplement and enhance educational and social-emotional development for San Diego County children who need it most. Our educational enrichment experiences aim to help close the achievement gap, remove transportation barriers, and improve health outcomes for ALL San Diego County children.

We continually seek ways to remove access barriers to education when children are at the greatest point of their educational and social-emotional development. Top priorities include expanding the museum’s reach into rural areas and strategically and thoughtfully implementing our recently developed Strategic Plan.

San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum is an essential educational resource for under-resourced families in San Diego's North County. Many museum visitors live or work in downtown Escondido’s Opportunity Zone, a designated economically distressed community. We play a critical role in providing impactful early childhood enrichment experiences and are committed to creating an inclusive and welcoming environment for all children and families to enjoy with respect and dignity.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection

Financials

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Operations

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San Diego Children's Discovery Museum

Board of directors
as of 03/26/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Amanda Flisher

Jessica Winchenbach

PlayStation

Steve Hermes

CPA, retired

Valerie Attisha

PNC

Brian Adkins

Buchalter, APC

Stefan Jensen

Motionstrand

Kush Kapila

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Robin Keith

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Alessandra Lezama

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Stan Rodriguez

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Debra Roy

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Hem Suri

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Chad Vargo

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Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/26/2024

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