Our pre-k program welcomes children from three to five years old, and equips students with the skills they will need for success in kindergarten. We an official pre-k provider through the Office of the State Superintendent of Education for the District of Columbia (OSSE) as a high-quality community based alternative to public school programs.
High-quality and Accredited
Educare DC promotes high-quality learning by ensuring our teachers have the education credentials (including bachelor’s degrees for lead teachers), time, and bandwidth to engage and support their students. We have low teacher:student ratios and continuing education.
Educare DC is accredited by National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). We are licensed OSSE and are a “Gold” rated program.
Educare DC uses Creative Curriculum, which focuses on language and literacy, social-emotional development, problem-solving, and early math concepts to promote school readiness. The philosophy behind this curriculum is that young children learn best by doing; positive interactions and relationships with adults are critical foundations for successful learning; social-emotional skills are significant factors in school success; the physical environment affects the quality of learning interactions; and teacher-family partnerships support development and learning. To accomplish these objectives, the curriculum addresses four areas of development: social-emotional, physical, cognitive, and language. In each area, there is an emphasis on age-appropriate assessments, weekly lesson planning, program planning, teacher supervision, and family engagement.
Educare DC’s curriculum and teaching practices align with the District of Columbia Early Learning Standards for Pre-Kindergarten and the District of Columbia Common Core Early Learning Standards.
Continuity of Care
Educare DC maintains continuity of care so that each child and family has the opportunity to build relationships with their teachers. Children stay with the same classroom teachers from birth to age three, then move to another classroom with new teachers from ages three to five.
Enrichment and Wellness
Educare DC offers a number of vital health and wellness services to our children. We partner with other organizations to provide supplemental programming, such as art, literacy, movement, and music programs.
Educare DC supports the whole family. With a team of five family engagement staff, we collaborate with parents as partners in the education of their children. This support includes increasing parents’ knowledge of child development and expectations for school readiness.
Educare DC frequently shares child progress with parents to support further learning both at school and at home. To further support parents as they nurture their children’s potential and strive toward their own personal goals, the school offers access to computers, resources for families facing challenges and support for parents’ personal goals. These programs and resources are vital to ensuring that parents have the help they need to create a thriving environment for their children and themselves.
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Our New, Strong Virtual Programming
Educare DC is excited to have launched our 2020-2021 school year on Monday, August 31, 2020. With our new and improved virtual programming, our teachers and staff are eager to interact in meaningful, consistent ways with their students and families. Our virtual program includes the following:
- Daily live classes on Zoom – including language and literacy, math, social-emotional, and more, with supplies and materials provided!
- Pre-recorded lessons accessible via the internet
- Comprehensive Health Services, including child wellness assessments. support tracking well-baby visits and vaccinations, nutrition guidance, behavioral intervention support, and IEP/IFSP support
- Family support – including a team of dedicated family engagement specialists to support parents and caregivers and connect them with community resources
- Food services, distributed weekly
- Diapers and pull-ups, distributed weekly
We are excited to start our new school year, although virtually, and begin sharing experiences, and growing children and the community!