Eau Claire, WI (2022)

Children’s Museum of Eau Claire


  • NMTC Amount: $4,500,000
  • Total Project Cost: $12,500,000


  • 10 FTE jobs
  • 25,000 sq. ft. of real estate


Project Description

Forward Community Investments (FCI) provided $4.5 million dollars in New Market Tax Credit loans to the Children’s Museum of Eau Claire (CMEC) to construct a multi-use community facility that will house a state-of-the-art children’s museum and additional space to provide quality early education opportunities for low-income youth in the Eau Claire area. Eau Claire, WI -CMEC is excited to move from their current temporary cramped storefront into the new 25,000 sq. ft. carbon-neutral LEED Platinum facility that will allow them to expand the museum and provide quality classroom experiences to 3-4-year-old children. The expansion of childcare services is made possible through a partnership with the Eau Claire Area School District’s Eau Claire (ECASD) 4 Tomorrow program which uses the Reggio Emilia Approach. Additional family supports in the new facility will be provided by the Family Resource Center (FRC). The goals for this project are to develop a welcoming space that will continue to serve black, brown, and indigenous, LGBTQ+, low to moderate-income, and all children and families in Eau Claire and surrounding rural areas; provide wrap-around services that fully engage families and provide supportive services and resources to parents; and serve as an anchor in the revitalization of Eau Claire’s central downtown area.


40 South Barstow Street, Eau Claire, WI 54701

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