We could never do all this awesome work alone. Each of our amazing partners contributes to our award-winning summer camp and school year programs by providing curriculum and training to staff, teaching life skills essential to children’s success, or through funding that helps us bring all of our programs to more families and communities. Learn more about the transformative and inspiring contributions of our partners below. Visit Our People for a full list of our Curriculum Advisory Board staff bios from our museum and industry partners. 

  • Museum & Industry Partners
  • Civic & Foundation Partners
  • Corporate Partners
  • The California Academy of Sciences
  • The Children’s Creativity Museum
  • Museum of Craft & Design
  • Vicki Zakrzewski, Ph.D., Education Director, UC Berkeley, Greater Good Science Center
  • Kimochis
  • Let’s Go Chipper!™

The California Academy of Sciences mission is to explore, explain and protect the natural world. This mission extends to all corners of the institution; from a research expedition in the highlands of Papua New Guinea, to a teacher training program in a California classroom, to an interactive game on the museum exhibit floor. The California Academy of Sciences designs the hands-on activities for the natural science week at Camp EDMO™ and trains all Camp EDMO™ Science Instructors on how to lead the activities.

Become a member of the Academy here.

The Children’s Creativity Museum’s mission is to nurture the 3C’s of 21st-century skills – Creativity, Collaboration and Communication – in all youth and families. The museum transforms the way kids learn, moving from the conventional approach of play to one of invention. This encourages kids to imagine, create and share. The Children’s Creativity Museum also offers programs for educators and parents who play a critical role in lifelong learning and creativity. The Children’s Creativity Museum aids in the design and Instructor training of our weekly Animation camp sessions.

Become a member of the Children’s Creativity Museum here.

The Museum of Craft and Design (MCD) asks visitors to question the conventional notion of art by valuing designers, makers and artists who are risk takers. Visual culture thrives at the Museum of Craft and Design through the exhibition of the work of hand, mind and heart– building a path to the future of innovative creative expression.

The Museum of Craft and Design is a curriculum advisor and content provider for our Camp EDMO™ curriculum.

Learn more about the Museum of Craft & Design here.

Vicki Zakrzewski, Ph.D., is the Education Director of the Greater Good Science Center. Vicki consults in the design, training and implementation of The EDMO Method™, the framework that guides our child development of key mindsets, SEL skills and character traits. Her articles (GGSC Magazine, Huffington Post, Edutopia, and ASCD’s Educational Leadership), talks, workshops, and GGSC Summer Institute for Educators around the world, provide science-based ideas for promoting the social and emotional well-being of students, teachers and administrators, as well as methods for creating positive school cultures. Examples of her recent consulting work for incorporating the life-enhancing science of compassion, empathy, gratitude, awe, and other social-emotional skills include: the Mind and Life Institute (of which she is a fellow), the Jim Henson Company on a new television show for preschoolers, the International School of Brussels on the Common Ground Collaborative character curriculum, the International School of Bangkok and Palo Alto Unified School District on integrating social-emotional learning into their work, and Pixar/Disney on The Emotions Survival Guide—a follow-up book for children based on the movie Inside Out.

A former teacher and school administrator, Vicki earned her Ph.D. in Education and Positive Psychology from Claremont Graduate University. In her doctoral research, Vicki spent two months in India at a school awarded the Peace Education Prize by UNESCO and the Hope of Humanity Award by the Dalai Lama; researching their methods for developing teachers’ ability to create caring relationships with students.

Learn More about The Greater Good Science Center here.

Kimochi (KEY.MO.CHEE) means “feeling” in Japanese. When kids can communicate their feelings effectively, they develop positive social and emotional skills that lead to lasting friendships and success in academics and all aspects of life. Kimochis…Toys With Feelings Inside® are playful tools that can help children identify and express feelings; solve behavioral problems; communicate openly; resolve conflicts; and create closer connections. Kimochis trains our staff to play games that use Kimochis to build up children’s emotional intelligence.

Learn more about Kimochis here.

Let’s Go Chipper!™ Into the Great Outdoors. Let’s Go Chipper is an eco-educational app, DVD and book series that playfully teaches good character and a love for the environment. Based on 21st century learning principles, the Let’s Go Chipper series has an emphasis on science and the environment, arts & literature and building social and emotional skills. In the series, children follow Chipper, an overly curious city squirrel and his sidekick, Paisley, on adventures into the great outdoors. Let’s Go Chipper nature activities are incorporated into our Camp EDMO™ Park Program curriculum.

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  • The Children’s Fund of San Francisco’s Department of Children, Youth & Their Families
  • Fullerton Family Foundation (in partnership with Marin Community Foundation)
  • Oakland Unified School District
  • Oakland Fund for Children and Youth
  • Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation

Supports: Summer Scholarship Program (2013-Present)

The mission of the Department of Children, Youth & Their Families (DCYF) is to ensure that families with children are a prominent and valued segment of San Francisco’s social fabric by supporting programs and activities in every San Francisco neighborhood. DCYF allocates over $60 million to a wide range of grants and initiatives that serve children, youth, and their families. The primary areas of DCYF funding are Early Care and Education; Out of School Time; Youth Leadership, Empowerment, and Development; Family Support; Violence Prevention and Intervention.

DCYF awarded Camp EDMO™ with our first multi-year government grant in 2013 allowing us to run a completely subsidized Camp EDMO™ for 6 weeks each summer for approximately 50 – 100 pre-k-4th grade students in San Francisco. We were honored to be reviewed by a DCYF grant reader as, “the most innovative, well-thought, planned, and evaluated programming.”

Learn more about the Department of Children, Youth & Their Families.

Supports: Camp EDMO™ Marin Scholarships (2010 – Present)

Fullerton Family Foundation, a supporting organization of the Marin Community Foundation, supports new or entrepreneurial approaches and private school scholarships in locations where there are insufficient public school opportunities for low-income students with high achiever skills, special talents or potential. It also supports vocational education and Bilingualism, teaching English-speaking children a second language so they can communicate with other children in their community.

The Fullerton Family Foundation  has provided comprehensive support for 20-40 disadvantaged children from the Canal District of San Rafael to experience hands-on arts, science, maker, tech, and recreation enrichment at Camp EDMO™ for the past five years.

Learn more about the Fullerton Family Foundation.

Supports: Camp EDMO™ Half Day Summer Camp (2014 – Present)

The Oakland Unified School District aims to serve children and families by creating a community focused on academic excellence, one where students can build well-rounded life and academic skills and enjoy their learning experience.  Additionally they are committed to ensuring each student is prepared for college, career, and community success.

The Oakland Unified School District’s 21st Century Community Learning Center grant provides funding for our 4-week half-day summer program in Oakland. Under-performing elementary school students attend summer school for the first 3 hours of their day, then attend Camp EDMO™ for the afternoon hours, getting hands-on enrichment programming in a fun camp setting. We’re excited that summer 2016 will mark our third year running this collaborative program.

Learn more about the Oakland Unifed School District.

The Oakland Fund for Children and Youth was established in 1996, when Oakland voters passed the Kids First! Initiative (Measure K), an amendment to the City Charter, to support direct services to youth under 21 years of age. In a special election in 2009, it was reauthorized under Measure D to set aside 3% of the City’s unrestricted General Fund for an additional twelve years (2010-2022) to further its mission.

The Oakland Fund for Children & Youth provides strategic funding to support Oakland’s children and youth from birth to 20 years of age to become healthy, happy, educated, engaged, powerful and loved community members.  Leveraging our efforts with partners for greater collective impact towards social and economic equity, we build the capacity of community agencies to work together to fully develop each child’s potential, achieve positive outcomes, and promote the positive contributions of children and youth to Oakland’s greatness.

OFCY supports the funding of a full-day Camp EDMO™ camp at three OUSD schools in East Oakland. Thanks to this funding, nearly 300 low-income students from underserved communities in East Oakland experience the magic of our STEAM & SEL programs at no-cost to the families.

Learn more about the Oakland Fund for Children and Youth here.

The Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation was created and funded in 1993 by Ella Fitzgerald, the First Lady of Song, in order to fulfill her desires to use the fruits of her success to help people of all races, cultures and beliefs. Ella hoped to make their lives more rewarding, and she wanted to foster a love of reading, as well as a love of music. In addition, she hoped to provide assistance to the at-risk and disadvantaged members of our communities – assistance that would enable them to achieve a better quality of life.

Thanks to the foundation.

Learn more about The Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation here.
  • Thales e-Security
  • The Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs
  • Wells Fargo & Company

Thales is a key player in keeping the public safe and secure, guarding vital infrastructure and protecting the national security interests of countries around the globe. Combining a unique diversity of expertise, talents and cultures, Thales’ architects design and deliver extraordinary high technology solutions that make life better and keep people safer. From the bottom of the oceans to the depths of space and cyberspace, Thales helps customers think smarter and act faster in challenging environments. Thales serves five keys sectors; Aerospace, Space, Ground Transportation, Defense, and Security. Thales has 64,000 employees and operates in 56 countries worldwide.

Learn more about Thales here.

The Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs is an independent professional baseball league that is based in Northern California.  Play began in 2013 and the league recently completed its fourth season in 2017.  The league is currently comprised of four teams: San Rafael Pacifics, Sonoma Stompers, Vallejo Admirals and Pittsburg Diamonds. The Pacifics will be both leading clinics at our Neil Cummins camp this summer and hosting us during one of their home games at Albert Park for a Camp EDMO™ night out.

We thank them for their support!

Learn more about The Pacifics here.

Wells Fargo & Company is a diversified, community-based financial services company.  Wells Fargo’s is committed to delivering value to its shareholders and becoming a leader in corporate citizenship by advancing diversity and social inclusion, creating economic opportunity, and promoting environmental responsibility.

Learn more about Wells Fargo here.
“I can't thank the EDMO staff enough. My son has found a place where he fits in and thoroughly enjoys every minute at camp. The staff/teachers are incredibly caring. Thank you for giving us safe place for him to be himself.”
– 2nd Grade Folsom Parent