Serving the Community
Welcoming a Wide Audience
A core part of Habitot's mission is to benefit as broad an audience of families raising young children as possible. Income, transportation, access, language, education, or cultural background should not be a barrier to whether a family can visit Habitot to help their young children learn and grow. Diversity Statement
FREE Field Trips
Head State and state-supported preschools, social service agencies, hospital based programs and many others may be eligible for free admission. Depending on grant support, reimbursement for transportation may be available. FREE admission groups receive return visit passes for the families of each child. Check eligibility
Habitot participates in the Discover & Go Program providing discount family admission passes in selected communities. Check list here. In addition, libraries in local low-income neighborhoods may hold a permanent Habitot pass in their collections which can be checked out with a library card. Check list of participating libraries here.
Formal partnerships with fourteen social service agencies and the Department of Children and Family Services to help Habitot reach the most vulnerable young children and families. Free, exclusive visit times on weekday afternoons, when the Museum is otherwise closed to the public, have benefited over 8,000 at-risk parents and children over the last seven years.
These family engagement sessions are currently organized for teen parents, children with special needs and their families, homeless families, formerly incarcerated mothers and their children and families in the child welfare system.
Also, a number of local agencies hold permanent passes that can be loaned to client families for free admission or have one-day passes to distribute. Check list here.
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