Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Kohl Childrens Museum of Greater Chicago, Inc.

aka Kohl Children's Museum of Greater Chicago

Glenview, IL

Mission

Kohl Children's Museum of Greater Chicago is a place that provides experiences and memories to build a foundation for a lifetime of learning.

Ruling Year

1994

President and CEO

Ms. Sheridan Turner

Main Address

2100 Patriot Blvd

Glenview, IL 60026 USA

Keywords

museums, hands-on museum, children's museum

EIN

36-3706878

 Number

0991172021

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Children's Museums (A52)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

Play in the early years of a child's life is essential to brain development. Research shows that 80% of a child's brain capacity is developed by three years of age. The ability to play in informal environments, like a children's museum, allows for the connections of neurons in the prefrontal cortex. Kohl Children's Museum of Greater Chicago focuses on early childhood and the critically important time from birth to age eight when patterns for lifelong learning are set and fundamental building blocks of knowledge, such as language, basic math, and socio-emotional skills, are developed.
Research also shows that a school-readiness gap between higher and lower income children develops well before children begin kindergarten and that students who begin school behind have a tendency to remain behind for the rest of their academic careers. As a place that is specially designed for children to learn and grow through play, Kohl Children's Museum helps close the gap.

Our programs

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Early Childhood Connections

Everyone at Play

Play Attention

Where we workNew!

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

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Total number of paid admissions

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Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Context notes

Includes daily visitors, members, corporate members, and reciprocal museum members.

Total number of works exhibited

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Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Context notes

The Museum features 17 permanent interactive exhibits, including two acres of bounded outdoor space, all based on best research and practices of how children learn and grow through self-directed play.

Number of teachers receiving professional development training

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Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Early Childhood Connections

Context notes

Includes both free and fee-based professional development.

Number of free or discounted admissions.

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Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Context notes

Includes individuals attending through the "Museums for All" initiative, the Museum's free outreach program events, and free field trips.

Charting Impact

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

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

Briefly describe your organization's goals here:
In its 2018-2020 Strategic Plan, the Museum laid out three primary goals.
Goal 1: Establish Kohl Children's Museum's expertise in early childhood education by driving innovative programs and exhibits grounded in its core values.
Goal 2: Maximize and nurture current resources to strengthen the Museum's position for the future.
Goal 3: Communicate the fundamental role of the Museum impacting the holistic development of a child.

Goal 1 (Establish Kohl Children's Museum's expertise in early childhood education by driving innovative programs and exhibits):
• Create exhibits and programs responsive to educational, social/emotional, and cultural
needs of young children and families in the greater Chicago area
• Be a partner in learning for parents and families with children ages birth to eight
• Develop internal resources to ensure the Museum is self-sustaining in its capacities to
provide high-level professional development
Goal 2 (Maximize and nurture current resources to strengthen the Museum's position for the future):
• Maximize the number of high-engagement volunteers and recognize top performers
• Set and achieve fundraising goals
• Build resources and expand physical capacity to sustain long-term durability and a facility
that is forever new
• Diversify recruitment efforts (of board and staff)
Goal 3 (Communicate the fundamental role of the Museum impacting the holistic development of a child):
• Identify key audiences and develop appropriate messaging and communication avenues
• Build awareness through social media and word of mouth and build a stronger network of
families, both present and alumni
• Become the place of choice for quality educational and family time for families with young
children in Cook and Lake counties, with an emphasis on reaching underrepresented
communities

Every day since its founding in 1985, children have been learning and discovering the power of play at Kohl Children's Museum of Greater Chicago. During its 33-year history, Kohl Children's Museum has witnessed dramatic growth. The Museum and its educational programs for young children were in such demand that the Museum moved from its original Wilmette, IL, facility, where attendance was 47,000 in 1985, to its current location in Glenview, IL, where attendance was 315,000 in the most recent fiscal year. The move in 2005 was essential to secure the Museum's future, fulfill its mission, expand its outreach to underserved children, and transform the institution.
The Museum provides a world-class venue where all children, regardless of any challenges they face, can play, explore, and learn in an environment built specifically for them. Since its inception, the Museum has been at the forefront of early childhood education, and it has remained a thought leader and innovator because of its commitment to evaluation and improvement. Built to the principles of Universal Design–which exceed ADA requirements–and consistently updated, the Museum has established itself as a welcoming and inclusive environment. The Museum serves as a crossroads for children and families, teachers, students, and caregivers from diverse backgrounds who come together to experience enrichment activities based on children's love of play, unlimited imagination, and unbounded curiosity.

Indicators of success toward achieving Goal 1 (Establish the Museum's expertise in early childhood education by driving innovative programs and exhibits grounded in its core values):
• Measure:
1. Number of programs held and number of exhibits created or enhanced
2. Number of people engaged in family programs
3. Number of staff qualified to provide professional development training
Indicators of success toward achieving Goal 2 (Maximize and nurture current resources to strengthen the Museum's position for the future):
• Measure:
1. Number of volunteers, total number of volunteer hours, number of people who cross over to donors
2. Number of defined volunteer opportunities and number filled
3. Increased number of donors from baseline of FY 2017
4. From current baseline, build reserve and reduce debt annually
5. From current baseline, show improvement in diverse representation
Indicators of success toward achieving Goal 3 (Communicate the fundamental role of the Museum impacting the holistic development of a child):
• Measure:
1. Increased number of transitioned donors, from members and volunteers
2. Increased number of Facebook and Twitter followers from 2017 baseline
3. Number of identified alumni converted to donors
4. Number of visitors from under-resourced communities, identified by zip code

In FY 17, the Museum welcomed over 315,000 visitors, 7,300 member families, 1,600 school groups, and served over 16,000 children, educators, and caregivers from underserved communities. The Museum provided programming for children with special needs, veteran and military families, and parents and babies. It also provided extensive STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) programming, as well as arts, theater, storytelling, and outdoor programming, all on an annual budget of $5 million.
The Museum is committed to the Museums for All initiative, launched in 2016, which reduces admission rates by 75 percent for low-income families. The Museum initiated this effort to reach underserved children, and since May 2016, nearly 3,000 individuals have used it to visit Kohl Children's Museum.
The Museum's newest outreach initiative—the Kohl Children's Pop Up Museum—is taking the Museum directly into high-need communities. The initiative targets communities/neighborhoods at least 15 miles from the Museum's Glenview, IL, location—a distance that makes it challenging for schools and families to easily access the Museum. The pilot month-long Museum experience occurred in Feb. 2018 in Waukegan, IL, approximately 25 miles from Glenview and was extremely well received. With three events planned per year, each lasting one full month, Pop Up Museum events provide children, families, and educators with hands-on learning experiences right in their home communities. Additional Pop Up Museum events are planned in and around Chicago, as well as in Lake County.

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Financials

Kohl Childrens Museum of Greater Chicago, Inc.

Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

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Operations

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & 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?

Yes

ETHICS & 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?

Yes