Program of Promise

A program or project that directly improves the well-being of children and families in a Mississippi community


The Mississippi Children’s Museum

The inviting red doors of the Mississippi Children’s Museum (MCM) officially opened on December 7, 2010. Since then the museum has been welcoming families and school groups from across the state to enjoy the educational opportunities of a facility designed around both the imaginations of children and the rich heritage of Mississippi. The museum’s five major galleries are specially designed to be kid-friendly in size, content, and learning approach and focus on issues which can positively impact Mississippi’s children: health, nutrition, and literacy. There are also exhibits designed to teach children about the arts, our Mississippi heritage, and Mississippi industry. The entire family can get involved through programs such as, Planting the Seeds to Read, a pilot offered by the museum last year in which parents learned how to read effectively to their children while children developed their grade level reading skills. Using inquiry-based learning and play to develop children’s minds, the museum also reaches out to teachers and uses these strategies in professional development workshops where educators learn how to implement these approaches in their own classrooms. The museum’s primary goal is to reach as many children across Mississippi as possible. William Bynum, MCM’s Board of Directors Chair, says: “At MCM children from every corner of the state are exposed to a wonderful world of ideas, experiences, and role models that let them know that they can do and be anything they can imagine.”


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