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In response to Alberto Mederos’ Aug. 29 letter, Watson Island lacks potential: In 10 years, Miami Children’s Museum has touched the lives of nearly 5 million children and their families by providing a quality learning experience and a variety of enrichment programs.

Every year from the beginning we have seen strong growth in our attendance. We handle many tours from schools and other organizations on a daily basis and even during the summer provide groups from all walks of life with the same quality experience. Once a month, with the support of the Target Corp., we offer Target Free Fridays, which provide thousands of children and families access to free educational programming.

But that is only the tip of the iceberg in what we give back to the community. Our Sensory Saturday program is geared specifically to children with special needs and their families. Our community outreach programs visit schools and neighborhoods throughout Miami-Dade providing critical arts-based early educational programming to children from underserved areas. Our Early Childhood Institute Program is a premiere licensed childcare center where children can play, learn, imagine and create while developing a lifelong love of learning.

On Saturday, Sept. 7 we will celebrate our 10th birthday in our Watson Island location. It is our hope that families everywhere will be able to visit our museum and experience the wonderful world we have created.

Deborah Spiegleman, CEO and executive director, Miami Children’s Museum

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