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Sep 30, 2019 2:18 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Children's Museum of the East End Moves Closer To Opening Permanent Satellite Location

The Children's Museum of the East End operated out of the Long Island Head Start buildin in Riverhead over the summer. COURTESY CHILDREN'S MUSEUM OF THE EAST END
Oct 3, 2019 2:23 PM

The Bridgehampton-based Children’s Museum of the East End is making progress in its effort to establish a permanent satellite location in Riverside.

Museum executives are currently developing an agreement with Long Island Head Start to use its Riverside location at 271 Flanders Road, where the museum operated over the summer, as a permanent space.

Additionally, the museum was recently awarded $153,077 in federal funding toward educational programming at the new location, allowing for a smooth expansion once contracts are signed.

Steve Long, the museum’s president, said that members of the organization have been collaborating with Long Island Head Start since 2011, so the new partnership “makes sense” and would continue to align with their similar missions.

For the new space, Mr. Long said they hope to move in by early 2020 and offer many of the same programs and services that they do in the flagship Bridgehampton location. Their goal is to expand the facility to allow for even more programming over time, he said. Over the summer, the museum’s programs in Riverside saw about 100 people per day.

The Head Start organization was not using its space over the summer when the museum was there, so organizing both programs simultaneously in a way that avoids conflicting overlap is something they are sorting out, Mr. Long explained.

“We’re just talking about, are there spaces that if they consolidated functions within the current facility, could we have space there?” Mr. Long said, noting that the museum hosts a head start program in Bridgehampton. “We’re kind of going back and forth, because we don’t want to negatively impact any of the services that they’re providing.”

The museum has been attempting for years to open a satellite space in Riverside in order to make their programs more accessible to children in the western end of Southampton Town as well as those in Riverhead and the North Fork.

Plans that were being worked on by the museum in partnership with Southampton Town and the Flanders, Riverside and Northampton Community Association fell through, causing them to look at the Head Start location earlier this year as a viable option.

The federal funding was awarded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, or IMLS, through a competitive grant that hundreds of museums and libraries throughout the country apply for every year, according to Mr. Long. He said that this year, the institute funded about a quarter of the applicants.

“I think if you ask anybody in the museum field, to receive an IMLS grant really shows that you’re doing the best work in the field,” the president said. “So it’s really a credit to the education staff that have conceived of these programs and our development staff who wrote the proposal.”

This was the museum’s second time receiving a grant from IMLS, although the first one, in 2016, was a fraction of this year’s amount. The previous award, in the amount of $41,748, was to develop a program that both educated low-income preschool children and trained early childhood educators in Eastern Long Island.

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I wouldn't say the plans between SH Town and FRNCA fell apart. It'd be more accurate to say that SH Town took the funding that was designated for the Ludlam Park CMEE project and decided to use it elsewhere in the town.
By itsamazing (224), Southampton on Oct 1, 19 3:56 PM