Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center
The Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center is a very special project of the Children’s Museum of Houston. The Discovery Center occupies a 12,000 square foot restored building and features six exhibits. It gives the Museum the opportunity to enrich the educational lives of Fort Bend’s children by expanding cultural and educational family-focused opportunities.
The Museum has worked alongside Fort Bend for several years. In 2007 and 2008, the Museum conducted summer venues at available retail spaces within Town Square in Sugar Land, each for six weeks. Those summer efforts were well received with 21,000 visitors each year.
The Museum also has delivered outreach programming to low income families living in Fort Bend since the mid 1990s. It has worked with more than 40 partners in the community to ensure that underserved populations get free access to the Museum and to raise awareness about the Museum’s family learning programming. Additionally, parents in Richmond, Rosenberg and Sugar Land have benefited from the Museum’s Parent Stars program, a school-based initiative which provides bilingual resources and support so they can increase the learning and literacy skills of their children.
The mission of Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center (FBCDC) is aligned with the Children’s Museum of Houston’s mission of transforming communities through innovative, child-centered learning. The FBCDC will respond to six essential community needs in Fort Bend County: (1) to foster the development of children, (2) increase and support parental engagement in children’s learning, (3) provide learning experiences that reinforce and supplement school classroom instruction, (4) protect against the negative effects that poverty has on educational attainment, (5) serve a multicultural, multilingual population, and (6) promote workforce preparedness. With the Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center, children and their caregivers, regardless of their socioeconomic status, will have access to enriching learning experiences.