PCM is committed to serving the children of southern New England – regardless of their financial ability. 40% of the Museum’s budget is dedicated to welcoming one-third of the Museum’s total audience free of charge or at greatly reduced rates through a variety of outreach programs.
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AmeriCorps at PCM
We are not currently recruiting AmeriCorps members.
PCM’s AmeriCorps members are advocates for play in our community. Inspiring and celebrating active play and exploration , PCM AmeriCorps members develop and provide activities to bring PCM to children and families while creating deeper connections between PCM and the cities they serve. The only museum in the country with an AmeriCorps program, PCM’s MuseumCorps members have provided free hands-on educational programs for thousands of underserved children in Providence County for over 25 years, its mission to instill a lifetime love of learning in children, especially those whose exposure to rich educational experiences is limited.
The central program that our full-time AmeriCorps members support is our STEAM Team project, which runs STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) after school programs in partnership with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Providence and Pawtucket. Members also support our Head Start programming, serve as Museum Educators out in our Museum, run play-based programming in community settings, and participate in extensive trainings. In return for their service, members receive a modest living allowance and are eligible for an education award upon completion of the program. The AmeriCorps program at PCM is a full-time program requiring members to be in service 40 hours per week.
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Head Start/Good Start
A partnership between Providence Children’s Museum and Children's Friend Head Start serving all 1,200 Head Start children in greater Providence. Conducted by the Museum’s AmeriCorps members, the program includes enriched Museum visits for the children and teachers, curriculum-based Museum activities in all Head Start classrooms and professional development for Head Start teachers and teacher aides.
The Children’s Museum cooperates with Providence community centers to provide out of school learning opportunities for inner-city children. Conducted by the Museum’s AmeriCorps members, Learning Clubs are for elementary school-aged children involved in community center after-school and summer programs. In groups of 12 to 15, they visit the Museum twice a week for several weeks where they explore the exhibits, participate in exciting activities and discover that learning is fun and they are learners. Each year, approximately 300 children participate in at the Museum.