For Immediate Release: May 20, 2009
Contact: Megan Fischer
Marketing and Public Relations Manager
(401) 273-5437 ext. 126
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Children’s Museum receives $210,000 from Economic Recovery Act
to expand AmeriCorps program


Providence Children’s Museum has been awarded a $210,000 grant to expand its AmeriCorps program, funded by the Economic Recovery Act.  The grant will enable the Children’s Museum to add 12 new AmeriCorps members to its current 16-member team and expand outreach to after-school and summer programs in the greater Providence area beginning in July.

New AmeriCorps members will work with the Children’s Museum’s partner organizations – Boys and Girls Club of Providence, Cranston's Community Learning Center and the YMCA of Greater Providence – to serve more than 700 low-income children.  Members will provide tutoring help and facilitate “Learning Clubs” – sessions of hands-on, minds-on literacy activities – for children ages 6 to 11.

The Economic Recovery Act has provided increased funding for AmeriCorps programs throughout the nation, including seven other programs in Rhode Island.  The grant is administered by Serve Rhode Island and the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Providence Children’s Museum has been an AmeriCorps site since 1997.  Under the guidance of Museum education staff, team members work to instill a lifetime love of learning in children.  In addition to conducting Learning Clubs for children at inner-city community centers, members provide enriched learning experiences for all 1,200 Greater Providence Head Start children, conduct professional development workshops for Head Start teaching staff, and recruit and coordinate Museum volunteers.

The Museum’s AmeriCorps members receive training in informal learning as well as living allowances and educational grants in return for a year of participation in this national service program.

Individuals interested in applying to the Museum’s AmeriCorps team should contact Carole Ann Penney at (401) 273-5437 ext. 134 or americorps@childrenmuseum.org.


Providence Children’s Museum – a joyful place for children and families.
The Museum is located at 100 South Street in Providence’s Jewelry District.  September through March, open Tuesday through Sunday and Monday school holidays, 9 AM to 6 PM, and selected Fridays until 8 PM.  April through August, open 7 days. Museum admission is $7.50 per person; always free for Museum members.  
Call (401) 273-KIDS or visit www.childrenmuseum.org.