Family Engagement Programs

A vital community resources in the Greater Richmond area for over 30 years.

Since merging with Commonwealth Parenting in 2013, The Children’s Museum’s Family Engagement team continues to be a reliable resource for parenting information, helping caregivers find new and intriguing ways to support and strengthen children’s development.

The Children’s Museum Family Engagement team supports caregivers through partnerships in the community as well as activities in our museums. The team focuses on core skills for school readiness using The Basics, advocates for children with disabilities and supports caregivers with information and strategies about learning through play. The act of play is essential to a child’s development, contributing to their cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being. With plenty of print and digital resources, along with museum-based learning experiences, The Children’s Museum Family Engagement programs seek to provide learning for the whole family, engaging all caregivers in the power of play.

Caregiver Tip Sheets

CMoR is excited to introduce our new INFOGRAPHIC tip sheets for caregivers! We now have seven topics available.

Special thanks to VCU doctoral students for their research and creative skills and to the Spratley Family for funding this project.

The Basics Tipsheet

What’s a Parent’s Part in Play? Tipsheet

Tired of Hearing or Saying “NO”? Tipsheet

Loose Parts Play Tipsheet

Learning & Play Tipsheet

Literacy Development Tipsheet

Childhood Stress is Real Tipsheet

Additional Resources

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Building Self-Esteem in Children

Early Emotional Development in Children

Introducing Books to the Very Young

Milestones of the Preschool Child

Playtime for Babies and Preschoolers: Toys and Games

Relatives Raising Children

Safekeeping Children in a Not so Safe World

Sibling Rivalry; Inevitable but Not Fatal!

Understanding and Helping with Children’s Fears

What Children Really Need