The Children’s Museum of Tacoma celebrates the power of play in the life-long journey of learning. We share the mission, vision and philosophy of Children’s Museums across the nation, museum’s that are changing standards and leading the implementation of informal learning in the development of the young child. The Children’s Museum of Tacoma positively influences the social, emotional and cognitive abilities of our Pierce County children, families and communities.
The Board gathered in 2008 to review and extend the Museum’s strategic plan. Guiding their vision for 2015 are the Museum’s values of respect, inspiration, lifelong learning, and Play! The Board ordered a community needs assessment, and armed with the results identified a set of goals for 2015. These are:
1. Increasing capacity, audience and access by becoming a gathering place for families, establishing connections to communities within the County, and an increased commitment to access while increasing earned income.
2. Promoting fun, learning and the wonder of childhood by showcasing the natural connection of playing and learning in programs, events and environments and influencing community development, business practices and educational systems
3. Demonstrating innovation, playfulness and excellence by building a playfully efficient business model and creating processes that set ambitious standards for excellence
The Board is committed to meeting these goals through expansion into a new facility, fostering play based school readiness efforts, opening access and stabilizing program funding, and investments in staff education, training and expertise. The Board plans to meet these goals through:
1. A move to a new, larger facility providing greater access and increased programming opportunities
2. Increase outreach to underserved communities through the Play to Learn program.
3. Take advantage of Play to Learn as a collaboration and/or funding tool with key partners, government and educational institutions
4. Create a comprehensive data management system to develop member support and individual giving by 10% per year
5. Raise an Access fund of $1 million
6. Raise a Play to Learn fund of $1 million
7. Provide staff with educational opportunities
8. Select staff with formal educational training in early learning, museums or nonprofit development
Metro Parks Tacoma conducted a planning study in 1985, the results of which prompted a group of community volunteers to form the Children’s Museum of Tacoma. Within ten years, the Museum’s popularity had increased and customers were waiting in the street for their turn to get in. It was during this period that the Museum’s Board brought in Tanya Andrews. Andrews was hired in 1996 as the Interim Executive Director, eventually promoted to full-time Executive Director and led the Museum’s move into its’ new location in 1997. The move provided much needed additional space and allowed the Museum to...