Having to choose between a quality education and putting food on the table is a decision no parent should ever have to make. But the fact of the matter is, in Clark County, Nevada, there are thousands of families forced to do so every single day.
12.8 percent of Clark County residents are considered food insecure, meaning they don’t know where their next meal is coming from.
Of the Clark County School District’s 360 schools, 232 of them are considered low-income, classified as Title-I.
The mission of DISCOVERY Children’s Museum is to foster a welcoming, vibrant, and inclusive environment where ALL are invited to engage in playful and educational experiences that ignite a lifelong love of learning.
Making the museum accessible to ALL children is an important aspect of the mission statement. We believe no child should be denied access to the resources we offer to help build an understanding of STEAM education — simply because his or her parent can’t afford a visit.
That’s why DISCOVERY is proud to be the first museum in the state of Nevada to take part in Museums for All, a collaborative initiative between the Association of Children’s Museums and the Institute of Museum and Library Services to offer a signature access program that encourages families of all backgrounds to visit museums regularly and build lifelong museum habits.
So, how does it work?
Anyone who walks through the door of DISCOVERY Children’s Museum in possession of a SNAP, WIC, EBT card, or foster care license is offered $3 admission — up to four people. That’s a quarter the cost of a regular-priced ticket.
It’s been just over a year since DISCOVERY has implemented Museums for All. In that time, the museum has welcomed more than 26,000 visitors under the initiative.
To put that in perspective, take a look at the numbers of some the country’s leading children’s museums.
In its first year, Boston’s Children’s Museum welcomed 3,000 visitors thanks to Museums for all. The Children’s Museum of Los Angeles provided discounted admission to 4,000 visitors in possession of an EBT card, and the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh saw 13,000 Museums for All visitors.
While those numbers are certainly nothing to scoff at, they hardly compare to DISCOVERY Children’s Museum’s numbers.
The need for a program like this in Las Vegas is evident and DISCOVERY couldn’t be prouder to take part in it.
For more information on Museums for All, click here or call (702) 382-3445.