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Inspire a Generation

 

Upcoming Workshops!

Read With Me (Family Literacy Program) 

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2017,
11 AM - 12 PM

Art for the Holidays: Using Visual Arts to Promote Early Childhood Skills

Teaching Artist: Karen O. Brown

Enjoy the holiday season with your family while creating winter themed works of art. Your masterpieces can be used to decorate your home or as gifts for the holiday season. The workshop is hands-on, using simple techniques appropriate for children under the age of 5.

Karen O. Brown is a fun, supportive arts educator and loves to collaborate with artists of all ages.  Come, bring your holiday spirit and we’ll explore our creativity together!

LOCATION:

PROJECT CREATE STUDIO
2028 MLK JR. AVE SE, SECOND FLOOR
WASHINGTON, DC 20020

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Naptime U. (Professional Development Program)

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2018
12-2:30 PM
PART 1

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2018
12-2:30 PM
PART 2

Sense of Wonder: Exploring Nature through Songs, Stories and Movement

 Teaching Artists: Magpie

Join renowned musicians, Terry Leonino and Greg Artzner (aka “Magpie”), and learn fun, easy-to-sing songs that foster children's innate love of animals and the natural world while supporting early childhood science concepts.  Discover ways to encourage children’s curiosity, and "sense of wonder” with songs that engage through physical movement, such as sign language, meaningful gestures and dance. Acquire methods to use children's books to create engaging, memorable musical activities that enhance the presentation of stories and promote literacy skills. All concepts covered align with NAEYC and Common Core Early Learning Standards.

Part 1: Explore songs and ways to use sign language and movement to create musical experiences that engage students in learning and promote early literacy skills. Learn how to write song lyrics and create movement to accompany the songs.

Part 2: Discover ways to use children’s books to teach lessons about nature. Participants will select a book and practice making their own music and movement to accompany the story.  Teaching Artists will demonstrate engaging techniques for presenting stories from books and perform original and popular songs to encourage children to preserve the natural world.

 

LOCATION: 

MATTHEWS MEMORIAL CHURCH
2626 MLK JR. AVE SE, LEVEL B
WASHINGTON, DC 20032

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About Us

MISSION

We place low-income preschool children on the road to literacy and future success by empowering their educators to use the arts to teach academic skills. 

VISION

Every child has access to quality early childhood education.  
Every early childhood educator has access to quality professional development.

HISTORY

For over two decades, Inner City-Inner Child, the arts education/literacy program of the historic Dumbarton Concerts, has provided quality arts integration and early childhood development programs to low-income, community-based early childhood centers throughout Washington, D.C.  Dumbarton Concerts began community outreach in 1987 with a program called Live Music Now!, an initiative to bring music out of the concert hall and into isolated neighborhoods of Washington, D.C. Through this work, we discovered that young children had the greatest unmet needs in our community.  In response, Inner City-Inner Child was created in 1994 to reach the District’s neediest children. ICIC programs work to create an environment that supports school readiness for the neediest preschool children in our Nation’s Capital by introducing teachers and children to the power of integrating the arts with academics.  By helping centers become accredited, and stay accredited by the National Association for the Accreditation Education of Young Children (NAEYC), ICIC improves the quality of early childhood education in DC.

 

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The Results are in...

 

FY17 RESULTS

  • 3,564 low-income preschool children served 
  • 529 early childhood educators trained
  • 1,235 professional development hours earned 
  • 307 workshops given 
  • 3,291 books donated
  • 61 early childhood programs served

 

 


Professional Development Workshops

Inner City –Inner Child provides on-site professional development workshops during your staff development days.  2–6 hour workshops are available. All participants earn OSSE certified clock hours.  We work with you to create a workshop that best suits the needs of your teachers and students.  Click the "Current Workshops" button below to see the line-up for our 2017-2018 season.

 

Contact us to request a professional development workshop for your teachers.

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Our Programs

 

DANCING WITH BOOKS

(Classroom Residency)
Each year ICIC selects six low-income early childhood centers to participate in a three month early literacy and arts integration residency. A team of ICIC Teaching Artists prepare Pre-K students for a final performance, while providing professional development to their teachers by modeling ways to integrate music, dance and drumming to teach literacy, math, and social skills.
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NAPTIME U. 

(Professional Development Program)
This professional development program for teachers in DC, certified by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education, provides early childhood educators with quality, affordable continuing education. The workshops, most of which take place during the children’s naptime, are taught by Master Teacher Artists. The workshop topics align with all National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and Common Core standards.

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READ WITH ME 

(Family Literacy Program)
Fewer than half of American children (47.8%) between birth and five years are read to every day by their parents, according to Reach Out and Read National Center.  ICIC's family literacy initiative helps parents become actively involved in their children’s literacy and learning. Literacy trainers teach parents how to create literacy experiences at home so learning continues beyond the school day. ICIC provides on-site workshops during evening hours, informal, relaxed sessions that include dinner and book giveaways.

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READING FOR LIFE 

(Book Donation Program)
Every year, ICIC donates books to DC’s low-income early childhood development programs to stock their classroom libraries.  We also provide hundreds of children with brand new books to take home.  Often, these are the first books these children have ever owned. We believe that something as simple as a backpack filled with books not only inspires enthusiasm for reading, but also sends an empowering message to the children that they matter, and that people care about their future.
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Professional Development Workshops

Inner City – Inner Child provides on-site professional development workshops during your staff development days.  2 – 6 hour workshops are available. All participants earn OSSE certified clock hours.  We work with you to create a workshop that best suits the needs of your teachers and students.

Click Here for a list of all of our previous workshops.


Current Workshops

Space is limited for all workshops.


tuesday, october 17, 2017
12-2:30 PM
PART 1

tuesday, october 24, 2017
12-2:30 PM
PART 2

Sing-Play for Infants & Toddlers: Combining Music and Play to Develop Social and Cognitive Skills

Teaching Artists: Cathy & Marcy

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FREE NOVEMBER WORKSHOP SERIES!

thursday, november 9, 2017
12-2:30 PM
PART 1

thursday, november 16, 2017
12-2:30 PM
PART 2

Toy Stories: Promoting Early Childhood Self-Regulation and Math Skills through the Art of Storytelling

Teaching Artist: Marcia Daft

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thursday, FEBRUARY 1, 2018
12-2:30 PM
PART 1

thursday, FEBRUARY 8, 2018
12-2:30 PM
PART 2

Sense of Wonder: Exploring Nature through Songs, Stories and Movement

 Teaching Artists: Magpie

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Friday, april 13, 2018
12-2:30 PM
Part 1

Friday, april 20, 2018
12-2:30 PM
part 2

Bringing Books to Life: Drama as a Tool for Early Childhood Language Development

Teaching Artist: Lenore Blank Kelner

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Previous Workshops and Customized Plans

Inner City-Inner Child can work with your organization to customize a plan that fits the needs of your teachers and students. You may find a previous workshop fits your criteria perfectly - let us help craft a plan that works for you! 
 

Previous Workshops

A-GO! A-MAY! : Using African Songs, Dance and Drumming to Teach Early Childhood Literacy and Math

Adventures in Science: Using Imagination to Explore Early Childhood Science Concepts

Baby Basics: Connecting Children’s Books and Educational Activities to Babies and Toddlers

Big Brains, Little Bodies: The Science of Early Learners

Building Family & Community Relationships

Children’s Books - The Musical! Transforming Children’s Books into a Musical Experience

Creating Caring Classrooms through Relationship and Environment

Diversity in the Early Childhood Classroom: Exploring World Cultures with Music

Friends, Friends 123: Developing Social-Emotional Teaching Strategies that Support Friendship Skills and Emotional Literacy

Getting Inside the Story: Drama as a Tool for Early Childhood Language Development

Jumping off the Page: Storytelling and Literacy for Early Learners

Language Development and Vocabulary Acquisition for Toddlers and Pre-K Students

Moving Through Math Series: Exploring Early Childhood Math Concepts with Music, Movement and the Imagination.  Specific topics include one-to-one correspondence, counting, spatial relationships, positional language, patterns, sequencing, symbols, and shapes.

Musical Books: Building Early Childhood Literacy Skills with Music and Movement

My Turn, Your Turn: Using the Arts to Promote Self-regulation and Cooperation in the Early Childhood Classroom

Rhythm, Rhyme and Repetition: The 3 Rs of Black Storytelling

Sense of Wonder: Using Music and Movement to Explore Nature in the Early Childhood Classroom

Sing and Dance a Story: Using Music and Dance to Promote Early Childhood Literacy

Singing Social Skills: Using Music to Promote Social-Emotional Development

Successful Storytelling: Using Drama in the Early Childhood Classroom

The Art of Math: Using Visual Arts to Promote Early Childhood Math Concepts

The Art of Recycling: Explore Early Childhood Science Concepts Using Visual Arts

The Beat Goes On: Rhythm and Rhyming for Infants and Toddlers

Where Literacy Begins: A Four-part Series Specifically Designed for DC's Infant and Toddler Teachers

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR SUPPORTERS

Without the generous support from our donors and partners, we would not be able to bring our services to the Washington DC community. Thank you for all your support!

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