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Inspire a Generation

 

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.

FY14 Results

  • 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

HISTORY

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.

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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 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.

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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, 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.

PART 1

Trainer: Kofi Dennis

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Friday, November 14

The Beat Goes On

Using Rhythm and Rhyming to Teach Early Literacy Skills to Infants, Toddlers and Pre-K Students

PART 2

Trainer: Kofi Dennis

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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!

PART 1 

Trainer: Marcia Daft

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Tuesday, February 11

Same, Different, Up, Down, In & Out!

Learning the Language of Mathematics through the Arts

PART 2

Trainer: Marcia Daft

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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.

PART 1

Trainer: Magpie

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Thursday, March 12

Sense of Wonder

Use Music to Explore Nature and Early Childhood Science Concepts

PART 2

Trainer: Magpie

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Wednesday, April 1

The Theater of Early Childhood

Promote Literacy Skills Through Storytelling

PART 1

Trainer: Diane Macklin

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Wednesday, April 8

The Theater of Early Childhood

Promote Literacy Skills Through Storytelling

PART 2

Trainer: Diane Macklin

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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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