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Monday, January 31, 2011

BREC Signs Cooperative Agreement with Knock Knock Children’s Museum

Knock Knock Board Hires Director

BREC, the Park and Recreation Commission for the Parish of East Baton Rouge, and Knock Knock Children’s Museum have finalized a cooperative agreement establishing a community partnership. Knock Knock Children's Museum will be a 30,000 square foot museum with 18 – 20 hands on exhibits that engage children in learning through play.

BREC has provided the site for museum atop a hill at City-Brooks Community Park as well as $3 million for the museum’s planning and design. Bill Palmer, BREC Superintendent said, “The BREC Commission is very excited about this  partnership that will help children learn through play.”

Quality play experiences are not only an essential part of childhood, but also a key public responsibility and an expression of our shared social obligation for all children in our community. “An impressive body of research has proven the connection between play and learning. Knock Knock is excited to partner with BREC to create a best in class musuem that will provide creative play and educational learning experiences for children throughout our region, their families, teachers, and caretakers,” expressed Clarice Gordon, Board Chair and Founding Member of Knock Knock Children’s Museum

The Knock Knock Children’s Museum Board recently hired Melissa A. Bell, a fundraiser and project administrator who has opened an administrative office for the nonprofit organization.  “Around the country, children’s museums are exploring innovative ways to incorporate early childhood development and creative thinking through hands on experiences with art, science, culture, and mathematics. Knock Knock Children’s Museum will be a unique and creative place that will bring families and communities together while providing early learning and literacy experiences to our youngest minds. I am grateful to be a part of the community leadership, supporting organizations, and individuals striving to bring this worthwhile museum and its outreach programs to the children and families of the Capital Region,” said Bell.

The mission of Knock Knock Children’s Museum is to create a world-class museum, delivering extraordinary play experiences and programs to inspire and promote the young children’s intellectual curiosity, self-expression and early literacy development. BREC provides quality recreation and park facilities and programs for residents of East Baton Rouge Parish.

For more information about this partnership and Knock Knock Children’s Museum contact Melissa Bell at 225-388-3090.


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