Top 10 Reasons you should support CME this Year!
1. PLAY HAS A PURPOSE:
Sure, playing is fun, but it is so much more than that. Play is a fundamental building block in child development, especially developmentally appropriate play like we offer at CME! When a child spends a few hours playing at CME, they are working on the social-emotional, cognitive, language and self-regulation skills that are critical for healthy development. (Oh and they’re still having fun!)
2. WE’RE GIVING TOO
Our mobile learning program, Science on the Go! brings fun, engaging and developmentally appropriate learning to local schools and community agencies. Your support ensures we can keep the costs affordable and even allows us to offer free programs to under-funded school systems and under-resourced communities who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford programs like ours.
3. WE’RE KEEPING IT FRESH
Over the past year we have updated, upgraded, up-lighted or up-holstered every square inch of the Museum in order to offer our members and visitors a unique experience each time they visit. We still have more plans but we need your support to make them a reality!
4. GIVING LOCAL GIVES YOU GOOD FEELS
Local nonprofit organizations are vital sources of business, tourism and culture. When you support CME, you are supporting the greater community, neighbors, and friends which in turn makes you feel great!
5. WE’RE TARGETED AND ACCESSIBLE
When you give to CME you are investing in kids and families in Easton and the surrounding communities. You ensure the thousands of visitors who walk through our doors each year have accessible, hands-on early learning experiences and that is truly unique! Did you know there isn’t another small-scale children's museum that specializes in early childhood development within 60 miles of Easton?
6. GOOD STEWARDS
Here at CME, more than 80% of all revenue is directed back to our programs and exhibits, meaning we have traditionally lower overhead than many nonprofits. And while we welcome more than 50,000 paying visitors annually, more than 50% of our operating budget comes through charitable donations from friends like you.
7. OLD FASHIONED PLAY + PURPOSEFUL TECHNOLOGY
In a time when kids are more comfortable using their parents' tablets and smartphones, it’s even more important to provide hands-on learning opportunities. CME’s exhibits and programs provide meaningful ways for parents and caregivers to reconnect with their child, and support their child’s whole development.
8. STEM, STEM, STEM, STEM
Whether you are baking a cake, building a block tower, or working in the garden, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics are used in everyday activities. CME’s programs and exhibits are designed to engage children in STEM-based learning, which promotes problem solving, and creative and analytical thinking. It's so much fun, kids don't even know they are learning.
9. SENSORY FOR ALL
Our sensory friendly exhibits, like our Marble Wall, provide visual, tactile and aural stimulation that benefits all visitors but is especially beneficial for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). In addition to exhibits, we are committed to offering programs like our regular Play for All events that offer an ASD-friendly environment for learning and play.
10. ART AND MUSIC - WE LOVE YOU TOO
In many districts, art programs have been reduced or eliminated from school budgets. Daily MakerSpace projects and programs like our collaborative Tuesday Studio help to fill the ever-growing gap between the schools and art programs and provides kids and adults with fun artistic challenges.