Murfreesboro, TN (January 27, 2014) - The Discovery Center is excited to announce a new partnership with The Family Center of Murfreesboro to promote quality family time and positive parenting. As part of the partnership, Discovery Center will provide twelve one-year family memberships to The Family Center. The memberships provide all the benefits for a Family Membership to Discovery Center including one year of free admission for parents and children. Families that receive memberships will be selected by The Family Center.

“Research demonstrates that child abuse and neglect impacts our community through costly negative social, emotional, and even physical health outcomes such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer,” said Dawn Eaton, executive director of The Family Center. “Healthy parenting practices are foundational for lifelong health and help children grow into healthy, productive citizens. Our focus is to prevent child abuse and neglect through teaching positive parenting skills to vulnerable parents.  The Discovery Center memberships complements our work and will be utilized to encourage and empower the parents to spend quality time with their children.  It’s an honor to partner with the Discovery Center.”

Providing these memberships is central to the Discovery Center’s vision to provide learning opportunities for all children and families in the community. “In serving on The Family Center Board of Directors, I have been so impressed with the impact that this organization has on their clients by teaching positive parenting skills and empowering parents to raise safe, happy, healthy children,” says Tara MacDougall, Discovery Center CEO and The Family Center Board Member. “What a great opportunity we have here at Discovery Center to enhance the good work of The Family Center. Our hands-on creative space inspires exploration and builds confidence through our diverse programs and exhibits.  We are pleased to offer a limited number of memberships to these economically disadvantaged clients of The Family Center!”

Founded by Exchange Clubs in 1985, The Family Center is a licensed Tennessee Child Abuse Prevention Agency with offices in Nashville and Murfreesboro.  With a mission of preventing child abuse and neglect, The Family Center provides dynamic and progressive parent education services with populations most vulnerable to repeating the cycle of abuse.

Serving more than 130,000 children and families each year, the Discovery Center is a non-profit youth museum dedicated to inspiring exploration, enhancing learning, and building confidence through diverse programs and exhibits. Discovery Center is located at 502 SE Broad Street, Murfreesboro, Tennessee 37130 and is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 - 5 p.m. A nominal door fee of $6 is charged and annual memberships are available. For more details, call (615) 890-2300 or visit www.explorethedc.org.