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Our Community

"No section of the community is more rooted to where it lives than the young." — Iona and Peter Opie

Boston Children’s Museum is a meeting ground. As the only Boston museum defined by its audience—children and families—our spaces connect the stories of parents and teachers, grandparents and teens, policymakers and innovators. We believe that playful learning can change the world, but change starts at home: in all the places kids go in our own fantastic, diverse city. Our community is a collection of the people and the stories that define it.

Families

Some of the best learning happens on the walk to school, in the park, or even waiting for the bus. Boston Children's Museum understands that. That's one of the reasons we bring community programs to families in the places they live, work and play.

School and Afterschool

It is estimated that children spend 15–20% of their time in school and afterschool environments, and the impact of this time on children's lives is immense. Schools are a centerpiece of most children's lives, and afterschool programs are vibrant, active spaces that give children the opportunity to learn in a social context unlike what they experience in school or at home.  Both school and afterschool programs are central to their community, and serve as important resources to the families they serve.

Boston Children's Museum has been working with the afterschool community for over 50 years through outreach, workshops and kit development.  But recently, the field has undergone considerable change. Since 2000 the afterschool field has seen significant growth, and with that growth an increasing need for resources like enrichment curriculum and professional development for staff.  In recognition of these changing needs, the Museum has developed an intensive series of professional development workshops for afterschool educators that is recognized around the country as some of the best training in existence, and Boston Children's Museum has conducted hundreds of these workshops, reaching tens of thousands of educators in New England and across the United States.

At the center of these trainings is BCM's "Beyond the Chalkboard" website (www.BeyondTheChalkboard.com).  Beyond the Chalkboard is the world's first free, online curriculum created specifically for afterschool educators, and it is currently used in every state in the United States and in over 100 countries around the world.  

Community Partners

The Museum's deep connection and partnership with the business community, schools, teachers, neighborhood groups, and health, science, and academic researchers is the engine that drives its vibrant presence in Greater Boston. We are most grateful for the support of our partners that allows us to provide joyful play and learning experiences for children.

  • 21st CCLC After School Collaborative for Educational Service (ACES)
  • ABCD Head Start
  • American Chemical Society (New England Chapter)
  • American Psychological Society
  • Arts Emerson
  • Associated Early Care and Education
  • Berklee College of Music
  • Big Apple Circus
  • Boston After School & Beyond
  • Boston Ballet
  • Boston Centers for Youth and Families
  • Boston Children's Chorus
  • Boston Children's Hospital: Laboratories of Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Boston College: Lynch School of Education Thinking and Learning Lab; Department of Psychology, Arts and Mind Lab; Emotion Development Lab; Infant and Child Cognition Center
  • Boston Community Partnerships for Children
  • Boston Globe
  • Boston Harbor Association
  • Boston Local Food Festival
  • Boston Nature Center
  • Boston Public Health Commission
  • Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • Boston Public Library
  • Boston Public Schools
  • Boston Public Schools Department of Extended Learning Time, Afterschool & Services (DELTAS)
  • Boys and Girls Club of Woburn
  • Brookline Extended Day
  • Brookline Public Schools
  • Cambridge Department of Human Service Programs
  • Cambridge Public Schools
  • CAYL Institute
  • Chicago Children's Museum
  • Chelsea Reach
  • City of Kyoto, Japan
  • Consulate General of Italy
  • Consulate General of Japan
  • Countdown to Kindergarten
  • Cradles to Crayons
  • Discover Roxbury
  • Doshisha Elementary School
  • Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative
  • Education Development Center
  • First Night
  • For Kids Only Afterschool Programs
  • Friends of Fort Point Channel
  • Gyeonggi Children's Museum, South Korea
  • Handel and Haydn Society
  • Harvard University Asia Center
  • Harvard University, Laboratory for Developmental Studies
  • Harvard University, Making Learning Visible; Project Zero
  • Hasbro Summer Learning Initiative
  • Haverhill Public Schools
  • Japanese Association of Greater Boston
  • Japan Society of Boston
  • JazzBoston
  • Jumpstart
  • Kyoto City Hall
  • Kyoto City International Foundation
  • Lesley University
  • Little Sprouts
  • Longy School of Music
  • Malden YMCA
  • Massachusetts Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Massachusetts Family Literacy Coalition
  • Massachusetts Afterschool Partnership
  • Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care
  • Massachusetts Department of Elementary
  • and Secondary Education
  • MIT Early Childhood Cognition Lab
  • MIT Japanese Association
  • MIT Media Lab
  • Mujeres Unidas Avanzando
  • Museum Institute for Teaching Science
  • Museum of Science
  • Nazareth Child Care Center
  • National Institute on Out-of-School Time
  • National Museum of the American Indian
  • New England Aquarium
  • New Hampshire Department of Education
  • New Repertory Theatre
  • Orchard House
  • Paige Academy
  • Parent University, Boston Public Schools
  • Primary Source
  • Project Hope
  • Rose Kennedy Greenway
  • Save the Harbor Save the Bay
  • Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
  • Society of Women Engineers (MIT and West Point Chapters)
  • South Boston Community Health Center
  • South Boston Neighborhood House
  • South Shore Stars
  • Strategies for Children
  • The City School
  • The Community Group, Lawrence
  • The Encyclopedia of Life Project
  • The Theater Offensive
  • Thrive in Five
  • Triton Regional School District
  • United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley
  • WGBH
  • Wheelock College
  • Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning through the Arts