What Challenges Are Children/We Facing?
- While Baltimore is a culturally rich and diverse city, it is among the largest and poorest cities in America with 34% of children living in poverty. Poor conditions and unsafe neighborhoods prevent children from having a place to play freely, interact openly, and engage with others in a safe environment.
- Maryland has over 380 Title 1 Schools , with Baltimore City having over 135 of them. Students in Title I schools, many of whom contend with impoverished surroundings in their home lives, frequently struggle to meet national and state-wide standards in education and learning.
- Since 1955, children’s free play time has been declining. With the removal of recess time from many schools and the implementation of highly structured schedules for children, many children are not given the opportunity to play freely.
- Our programs and exhibits are organized into five Key Learning initiatives that support the Maryland Model for School Readiness, Statewide Curriculum, and new Common Core Curriculum : Early Childhood, STEM Learning, Financial Literacy, Healthy Families/Healthy Communities, and Creative Arts and Culture.
- Through our outreach programs , we engage and offer support to underserved families and at-risk youth in the city.
- Port Discovery’s main focus – early childhood learning – in recent studies has been shown to be critical to the economic growth and fiscal sustainability of the nation.
- Our play-to-learn approach supports the formal curricula of our regional school system while simultaneously responding to the 21st century’s competitive environment, in which experiential learning is an important complement to the test-driven teaching that occurs in schools.
- We were recognized as a “Good to Grow” museum by the Association of Children’s museums for combatting the childhood obesity crisis by promoting nutrition and active play.
- Port Discovery is ranked among the 12 Best Children’s Museums in the U.S. by Forbes.com
- We were recently awarded a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) in support of our upcoming exhibit on agricultural learning, Here We Grow!
- We are supported by our fantastic and enthusiastic Board of Directors and our Explorer’s Council , in addition to our advisory councils on Museum Education and Health!
- We’re in the news!
- Our most recent Annual Report
Port Discovery is a 501(c)3 nonprofit community organization. Gifts to Port Discovery Children’s Museum are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. A copy of the Baltimore Children's Museum, Inc.'s (t/a Port Discovery Children's Museum) financial statement is available upon written request. Documents filed in accordance with the Maryland Charitable Organization Solicitations Act may be obtained from the Maryland Secretary of State.