FLINT CHILDRENS MUSEUM

Explore. Play. Learn.

Flint, MI   |  www.flintchildrensmuseum.org

Mission

Inspire a lifelong love for learning through exploration and hands-on play for children ages 2 - 10 in science, technology, engineering, art and math.

Ruling year info

1982

Executive Director

Ms. Kimberly Sue Roddy

Main address

1602 University Ave.

Flint, MI 48504 USA

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EIN

38-2329711

NTEE code info

Children's Museums (A52)

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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?

Educational, hands-on play and exploration

Hands-on children's exhibits and facilitated educational programs.

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Our results

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Total number of paid admissions

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No target populations selected

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Average price for admission to exhibits (in dollars)

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Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

By providing free and reduced admission we reduce barriers and increase accessibility.

Total number of free admissions

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No target populations selected

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Intentional efforts to secure free day sponsors have increased free admissions in the last couple of years.

Number of children served

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No target populations selected

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

The Flint Children's Museum helps children develop cognitive, social, emotional and physical skills through hands-on, developmentally appropriate learning experiences. We light the spark of curiosity and discovery that inspires lifelong learning by designing age appropriate learning environments. We representative of a unique multidisciplinary institution,where families connect in meaningful ways through educational play. We build social capital, and encourage children to share their talents and points of view, strengthen cultural awareness and diversity through the welcoming of all children and families, regardless of ability, background, belief, ethnicity or family structure, and strengthen community resources that educate and care for children especially where programs have been reduced or completely eliminated from schools and libraries due to budget constraints. Finally, we ensure accessibility with free or reduced access for low-income families.

The Flint Children's Museum works to ensure our collection of exhibits support holistic growth and development for children. Our exhibit areas include How Things Work (science and technology) , Performing Arts, (artistic and dramatic play), Health and Wellness (physical development), Our Town (a social learning environment), Sproutside (a natural outdoor learning environment), and Discovery Zone (rotating exhibits with varying themes and content). Daily activities change weekly and are facilitated by the Museum's Play Educators.

We provide a safe, comfortable, and playful environment that is welcoming and comfortable to children and their caregivers, we invite community feedback, and respond to community requests. We are a resource of information for caregivers with young children, connecting them assistance and resources in the community by being knowledgeable and sharing a community information library.

We work to ensure accessibility for all by offering free days, discounted admission for those on state assistance, and discounted rates after school hours.

The qualifications of our staff and board of directors include:
Kimberly Roddy, Executive Director, holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration with a concentration in non-profit from the University of Michigan- Flint, combined with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in marketing and communications.
Stephen Wisniewski, Visual and Exhibits Director, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University and a PhD in American Culture From the University of Michigan with concentrations in Museum Studies and Visual Culture.
 Andrea Miller, Museum Educator, holds a Master’s degree in Education with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education, and has both classroom and administrative experience.
Our Board is made- up of a diverse group of professionals and community leaders, in fields including academia, early childhood education, finance, law, fund development, technology, and the non-profit sector.

We've served three generations of children, inspired millions of children and their caregivers to explore, play, and learn with our Museum AND other museums. We have facilitated friendships, connected parents and children more deeply, provided a safe and inclusive space in our city for children for nearly 40 years. We have facilitated happy memories for families, taught children how to learn, and taught parents how to play.
We've served as a community connection, advocated for the importance of play in early childhood learning, and served as an anchor in our community.

The Flint Children's Museum continues to expand our reach, challenge our creativity, and make our Museum stronger than ever. We are
continuing to work toward accessibility for all children, improving and expanding our ability to design and fabricate exhibits in house, investing in professional development and the expertise of ALL of our staff to better meet the needs of our community, and defining the next iteration of this inclusive, educational, and interactive children's museum with a goal year of 2023.

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FLINT CHILDRENS MUSEUM

Board of directors
as of 4/5/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Ms. Dolores Sharpe

Mott Community College


Board co-chair

Ms. Debra Jennings

Ford Motor Company

Ken Leslie

Plante & Moran

Jack Stock

Kettering University

Tabitha Marsh

Attorney

Jason Grindle

Ameriprise Financial

Rebecca Garske

Mott Community College

Dallas Gatlin

Carriage Town Ministries

Greg Timmons

Calvary United Methodist Church