At Families First Children’s Museum we’ve created a number of partnerships with local organizations over the years that have enabled us to better serve children and families and improve our community. We’re very thankful for the partners who’ve stepped forward recently to offer assistance while we’ve dealt with the tobacco smoke issue in our facility.
Both the Missoula Food Bank and spectrUM have opened their classroom spaces to us so our Circle of Security and Shared Parenting classes could go on as scheduled in January and February. In addition, spectrUM is offering discounted admission for our museum members. Special thanks to Aaron Brock at the Food Bank and Holly Truitt at spectrUM for their generosity. These facilities, which both opened relatively recently, have wonderful spaces that served our needs very well. If you haven’t had a chance to see their new buildings, we encourage you to do so. You’ll be impressed!
News about our classes can serve as a reminder that while the museum is closed, our family education efforts continue. Classes offered in partnership with Missoula County Public Schools are scheduled through April and resume in the fall. And classes continue through the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. Be sure to watch our website for details about future Circle of Security and Shared Parenting classes and know that we’re working to create new partnerships that will expand the reach of our education services in the months ahead.
Finally, we have one new partnership we want to announce right now. You’ll be hearing much more about it in the coming year. Recently, we received word that we have been selected as a Park Side Partner for 2018! This program of Park Side Credit Union offers three non-profit organizations in Missoula (and three in the Flathead Valley) a generous monetary donation as well as employee volunteer groups, and cross-promotion and shared advertising to increase our exposure in the community. You may be hearing our radio ads already! We’re thrilled to be working with Park Side and grateful for their support for us and the communities they serve.