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Inspire a Generation

 
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Our Programs

 

DANCING WITH BOOKS

(Classroom Residency)
Each year ICIC selects six low-income childhood development 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, 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, ininformal, relaxed sessions that include dinner and book giveaways.

 

READING FOR LIFE 

(Book Donation Program)
Every year, ICIC donates books to DC’s low-income child development centers 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 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.
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Current Workshops

Matthews Memorial Church  |   Time:  12:00pm – 2:30pm
2616 MLK Jr. Ave SE  |  Washington DC 20032  |  Ground Floor, Lecture Hall  
$20 for PART 1 & PART 2 of Workshop ($10/Workshop). Includes lunch.

Receive 4 OSSE clock hours for entire workshop series.


Friday,October 23

Getting The Inside Story

Use Drama as aTool for Early Childhood Language Development

Drama is the perfect art form to promote language development.  Students welcome the opportunity to walk, talk and think like someone or something else.

In this workshop series, participants will learn how use drama in the classroom to promote oral language development as well as the comprehension of a story. Essential for young children, oral language development is a foundational building block for the development of all literacy skills.   The more students express themselves through oral language the more prepared they will be for reading and writing. 

PART 1

Trainer: Lenore Blank Kelner

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Friday,oCTOBER 30

Getting The Inside Story

Use Drama as a Tool for Early Childhood Language Development

PART 2

Trainer: Lenore Blank Kelner

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THURsday, February 4

The Art of Recycling

Explore Early Childhood Science Concepts Using Visual Arts

Have you ever wanted to explore STEAM-based teaching strategies, but didn’t know where to begin? Recycled materials are all the rage in the art world, and are affordable, accessible tools for teaching arts-integrated science lessons. Learn how to create fun, engaging early childhood art projects using common recyclable materials, including cereal boxes, paper and plastic bags, plastic bottles, and more! Bring items to create a project together - one you can use immediately in your classroom!

All projects will help students connect to early childhood Science learning standards such as observing and describing livings things and the natural world. Come ready to create, share ideas and help clean up Mother Earth.

PART 1 

Trainer: Karen O. Brown

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THURsday, February 11

The Art of Recycling

Explore Early Childhood Science Concepts Using Visual Arts

PART 2

Trainer: Karen O. Brown

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Thursday, March 3

Explore World Cultures With Music

Promoting Diversity in the Early Childhood Classroom

In this two-part workshop, teachers examine ways to help students learn about the rich diversity of cultures through activities based on authentic children’s songs, rhythms, stories, salutations, and artifacts from around the world. Students learn about the lifestyles and values of children in faraway countries and come to appreciate the similarities and differences between these cultures and their own. Each classroom represented will receive books, CDs and study guides to support learning.

PART 1

Trainer: Imani Gonzalez

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Thursday, March 10

Explore World Cultures With Music

Promoting Diversity in the Early Childhood Classroom

PART 2

Trainer: Imani Gonzalez

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WEdnesday, April 6

A-GO! A-MAY!

Using African Songs, Dance and Drumming to Teach Early Childhood Math and Literacy Skills

PART 1

In Part 1 of this workshop, early childhood educators explore ways to use movement, music and rhythm to teach pre-reading and early math skills as well as essential social-emotional abilities. Simple African dance movements not only help develop motor coordination but also teach sequencing and positional language. Drumming teaches counting, number recognition and one-to-one correspondence. Singing African songs exposes children to the languages of other cultures and promotes community and collaboration.

 

Trainer: Sylvia Soumah

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Wednesday, April 13

A-GO! A-MAY!

African Songs, Dance and Drumming to Teach Early Childhood Math and Literacy Skills

PART 2

In Part 2 of this workshop, participants will use their newly acquired knowledge and multi-cultural books, to create movement and music based activities they can immediately implement in their classroom.

Trainer: Sylvia Soumah

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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

Sense of Wonder: Using music and movement to explore nature in the early childhood classroom.

 Adventures in Science: Using imagination to explore early childhood science concepts.

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, shapes.

Sing and Dance a Story: Using music and dance to promote early childhood literacy.

Children’s Books- The Musical! Transforming children’s books into a musical experience.

The Beat Goes On: Rhythm and rhyming for infants and toddlers.

Jumping of the Page: Storytelling and literacy for early learners.

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

Singing Social Skills: Use music to promote social-emotional development.

Big Brains, Little Bodies: The science of early learners.

Creating Caring Classrooms through Relationship and Environment

Friends, Friends 123: Develop  social-emotional teaching strategies that support friendship skills and emotional literacy.

Baby Basics: Connecting children’s books and educational activities to babies and toddlers.

Building Family & Community Relationships

Language Development and Vocabulary Acquisition for toddlers and pre-k students

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 education programs to low-income, community-based Child Development 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 Washington, DC.

 

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The Results are in...

 

FY15 RESULTS

  • 3,359 low-income preschool children served | 30% Increase from 2014!
  • 733 early childhood educators trained | DOUBLED - 100% Increase from 2014!
  • 1,549 professional development hours earned | 93% Increase from 2014!
  • 215 workshops given | 35% Increase from 2014!
  • 1,757 books donated
  • 40 child development centers reached

 

Download our 2015 Year End Report


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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