5. Long Island Children's Museum
Sara Neumann(202) 414-0788
Web Site: http://licm.org/
|A young participant in the museum’s Delighting in de Kooning al fresco workshop.
The Long Island Children’s Museum delights more than 250,000 visitors annually with its hands-on exhibits and is a gathering place for the local community. It offers a wide range of programming to meet the needs of its diverse audience. Community focused initiatives provide kindergarten readiness programs to Spanish and Haitian Creole speaking immigrant families; share the Museum’s resources with teachers to engage their students in scientific inquiry; support families in crisis through strategies encouraging healthy parent and child interactions; and engage teens to teach "green" lessons to visitors in the Museum’s popular outdoor exhibit, Our Backyard.
"This prestigious honor awarded to the Long Island Children’s Museum is a testament to the museum’s dedication to being an excellent resource for lifelong learning," said Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (NY). "For nearly two decades, this state-of-the-art facility has developed innovative, hands-on programs that inspire children and adults and deepen connections with diverse communities across Long Island."
"Congratulations to the Long Island Children’s Museum in Garden City for being awarded the 2012 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. This prestigious award is given to only ten institutions across the nation and I am pleased to see that the Institute of Museum and Library Services has recognized this museum’s hard work and commitment to the Long Island region. In fact, the Long Island Children’s Museum has been giving back to the Long Island community for years. The museum places a large emphasis on community service and offers a wide range of programs for its 250,000 visitors each year. The museum does an extraordinary job of incorporating Long Island’s history and culture into its exhibits, especially Saltwater Stories which is an annual program that explores Long Island’s maritime traditions. I am certain that the Long Island Children’s Museum will continue to provide hands-on, fun and educational programs to the children of Long Island for many more years," said U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer (NY).
Community Member: Francisco and Ruth Quijada
Together to Kindergarten, a community-focused initiative for Spanish and Haitian-speaking immigrant families, is the Long Island Children’s Museum’s kindergarten readiness program. Francisco Quijada and his wife have participated twice, most recently with their 6-year-old daughter Ruth, and have enrolled again for next summer as their third child, Sarah, prepares for school. "For once, there was somewhere my wife and I could go where we were seen as equals; we all spoke the same language and we were all there for the same purpose – our children. For the first time, we felt comfortable," reflects Francisco.
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