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.
Every child has access to quality early childhood education.
Every early childhood educator has access to quality professional development.
- 2,582 low-income preschool children served
- 297 early childhood educators trained
- 801 professional development hours earned
- 152 workshops given
- 1,393 books donated
- 33 child development centers reached
For over two decades, Inner City-Inner Child (ICIC), 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 provides innovative arts and literacy programs and book donations for under served preschool children, professional development workshops and literacy trainings for their early childhood teachers and directors, and family literacy workshops for parents.
All of these programs work to create an environment that supports school readiness for the neediest 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 the District.
DANCING WITH BOOKS
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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(Professional Development Program)
This professional development program, certified by the Office for the State Superintendent for Education, located in Anacostia, 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.
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, in informal, 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
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.
Friday, November 7
The Beat Goes On
Using Rhythm and Rhyming to Teach Early Math Skills to Infants, Toddlers and Pre-K Students
Research shows that infants, toddlers and preschool children learn crucial pre-reading and early math skills best when those subjects are introduced through the arts. Learn to use musical tools- steady beat, rhythm, rhyming and melody- to support common core learning in young children.
Trainer: Kofi Dennis
Wednesday, February 4
Same, Different, Up, Down, In & Out!
Learning the Language of Mathematics Through the Arts
Young children are eager to describe the world around them, and movement, music, and dramatic pretending are the natural languages of learning. When teachers introduce mathematics through a child’s love of the arts, powerful learning happens!
Trainer: Marcia Daft
Thursday, March 5
Sense of Wonder
Use Music to Explore Nature and Early Childhood Science Concepts
Participants learn fun, easy-to-sing songs that teach early childhood science concepts and foster children's innate love of animals and the natural world. 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.
Wednesday, April 1
Rhythm, Rhyme, and Repetition:
The Three R's of Black Storytelling in the Early Childhood Classroom
Black Storytelling is an engaging and dynamic art form rooted in the African tradition of transmitting culture, history, and wisdom through the oral telling of tales. As a result, this storytelling model creates a safe environment where learning is organic and entertaining, where the ensemble still allows for solo flare, plus literacy is developed through vocal, physical, and mental participation. When combined with books, Black Storytelling transmits culture and educates the whole child seamlessly and artfully.
Trainer: Diane Macklin
Your generosity enables Inner City – Inner Child programs to inspire a lifelong passion for books, learning and the arts.
Together, we are empowering Washington DC’s low-income preschool children to be successful in school and life.
Inner City – Inner Child is the outreach program of Dumbarton Concerts, a 501 (c ) (3) non-profit organization.
All gifts are tax deductible.
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!