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Community Service

The Strong’s community access programs and other community collaborations make museum admission possible for Rochester-area children and families who might otherwise not have an opportunity to experience the museum. These programs ensure that each year thousands of children and adults with financial, physical, and social limitations can visit the museum and experience its rich educational resources and unique playful environment.

The museum delivers its access programs in cooperation with community organizations such as human service not-for-profits; schools, colleges, and universities; and health care organizations. Individuals seeking needs-based museum access should review the list of outreach programs below and contact the appropriate partner agency, to see if their request can be fulfilled through an existing program.

Organizations seeking to obtain museum access for their clients should complete an Outreach Services Request Application.

Museum Access Programs

The Strong is grateful to its individual and corporate donors that fund museum access programs through private contributions.

The Strong’s Museum Access for Children

By partnering with dozens of local human service not-for-profit organizations, The Strong provides free museum experiences to thousands of economically disadvantaged children each year.

Foster Family Admissions Program

In collaboration with 18 agencies in 11 counties, The Strong serves nearly 2,000 foster families annually through this partnership with Children Awaiting Parents.

Play Therapy Access Program

Delivered in collaboration with the Monroe County Office of Early Intervention Services, the Play Therapy Access Program allows therapists to use the museum environment to work on treatment plans for child clients suspected of having developmental delays. Free museum admission is provided to the case worker, the child client, and the child’s adult caregivers.

Generation Two Intergenerational Play Program

The Intergenerational Play Program provides reduced admission to The Strong for Generation Two adult volunteers and their student play partners from selected Rochester City School District and suburban schools.

Nurse-Family Partnership

Through the Nurse-Family Partnership, The Strong serves 300 local families identified as high risk by the Monroe County Department of Public Health. The program provides free admission for nurses, their client children, and the children’s caregiver to use the museum environment as backdrop for building parenting skills through play.

Pediatric Residency Program

In partnership with University of Rochester Medical Center, this program allows medical residents to observe healthy, active children and families at play.

Other Partnerships and Collaborations

In addition to these museum access programs, The Strong serves hundreds of at-risk and special needs children and adults through additional collaborations with AutismUp, Bivona Child Advocacy Center, Monroe County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), and University of Rochester Medical Center.

Also, through The Strong’s school lessons program, more than 10,000 students from around Western New York annually learn through play amid the museum’s dynamic, hands-on exhibits and world-renowned collections.