Naptime U.

Naptime U. delivers accessible, affordable, quality professional development workshops for early childhood educators in Washington, D.C.

    • Inner City – Inner Child isa training organization certified by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE).
    • Educators who participate in Naptime U. earn professional development “clock hours” required by OSSE.
    • All workshops are aligned with NAEYC and Common Core early childhood standards.
    • On-site professional development workshops available. 

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    Naptime U. Schedule

    Workshop location: Matthews Memorial Church  |   Time:  12:00pm – 2:30pm
    2616 MLK Jr. Ave SE  |  Washington DC 20032  |  Level B, Lecture Hall  

    $20 for PART 1 & PART 2 of workshop ($10/workshop). Includes lunch.
    Receive 4 OSSE clock hours for entire workshop series.

    Space is limited for all workshops.

    November Special! 

    The November 9/November 16, 2017 workshop series - Toy Stories: Promoting Early Childhood
    Self-Regulation and Math Skills through the Art of Storytelling - will be offered FREE of charge.

    Space is limited.

    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

    There are scientifically proven advantages to using music and singing to promote pre-literacy skills and social and cognitive development in infants and toddlers.  GRAMMY® Award winners and family music icons, Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer, offer an experiential workshop demonstrating ways singing and music promote early childhood development. Singing is a type of play and play is the best way for infants and toddlers learn. The workshop includes information on how a baby or a toddler might respond to songs at different age groups: 0-6 months, 6-12 months and 1-3 years.

    Learn easy songs while connecting them to major physical, cognitive and linguistic milestones; sitting, crawling, walking, babbling, responding to name, first words, stringing words, object permanence and separation anxiety, and learn how to “sing-play” differently once those milestones are achieved.

    Participants receive SING TO YOUR BABY®, a book/CD collection of songs used for soothing, bonding, rocking, holding, strolling, playing with infants and toddlers.

    Part 1: You'll start with the simplest, naturally made sounds - vocalizing with spoken word in rhythm, humming and singing la-la-la. Then we'll add words with very simple melodies. You'll sing along with simple songs from the CD so you have a "backing track" and lead singer help you feel supported as you sing. We'll practice together while you learn about the philosophy and simple concepts behind “sing-play.”

    Part 2: In our second session, we will build on skills learned from Part 1. We will add sign language to some songs and experiment with creating new verses to existing songs. We will also add simple rhythm instruments and sounds that keep a child interested. We will practice “leading” songs, discuss challenges and work with them to build confidence in using the songs and skills.


    Cathy and Marcy are trailblazers in children’s and family music. Their relationship with family audiences spans over 25 years of live performances and 20 award winning recordings.  They play dozens of instruments from banjo to mandolin to rockin’ electric guitar, steel drum and ukulele.

    Over 5,000 shows in performing arts centers, schools, folk festivals, community centers, libraries and children’s festivals have given Cathy & Marcy the superb skills to deliver a show that is fun, wacky, energetic, and participatory and that also brings meaning to their song, “It’s Better When We Sing It Together.”  Cathy & Marcy inspire effortless participation from every audience.

    GRAMMY® Awards (and 14 nominations), Parents’ Choice Awards, American Library Association Awards, National Association of Parenting Publications Awards, Early Childhood News Awards and Washington Area Music Association Awards all attest to the superb quality of their body of work.

    Cathy & Marcy have entertained the Queen of Thailand, sung at the White House Easter Egg Roll, performed at hundreds of folk festivals, sung in Congress on behalf of the SCHIP bill (State Children’s Health Insurance Program), appeared on the “Today Show” and on National Public Radio.

    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: Using Storytelling to Promote Listening, Cooperation and Mathematical Thinking in the Early Childhood Classroom

    Teaching Artist: Marcia Daft

    For Pre-School Teachers

    Marcia Daft, creator of the STEAM curriculum, Moving Through Math, teaches the storyteller's art of creating voices, facial expressions, and gestures that bring a story to life. Participants learn to animate small toys and simple objects while leading children in the telling of a story. As the storytelling unfolds, the mathematical concept that underlies the story is revealed. Children then map the story's sequence of events to demonstrate understanding of the underlying math concepts. Participants experience how storytelling supports the development of children's listening, focus, cooperation, and executive functioning skills.

    Part 1: Participants will learn to tell Moving Through Math toy stories that promote listening, cooperation while introducing early childhood math concepts: 1-to-1 correspondence, counting, cardinality.

    Part 2: Participants will learn Moving Through Math toy stories that promote focus and executive functioning while introducing early childhood math concepts: conservation of number, sequence and reverse sequence.

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    Marcia Daft is the Founder and Artistic Director of Moving Through Math and Moving Through Science. Her company produces and publishes children’s books, instructional materials, and videos that bring arts integrated learning to life in the classroom. Marcia is a national workshop presenter for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.  and  a Master Artist with the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts. Ms. Marcia has also developed museum exhibitions and educational programs for the Smithsonian Institution. She has written more than twenty children's educational booklets with CD’s for The Smithsonian Institution and the National Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Daft graduated Phi Beta Kappa in bio-medical engineering from Duke University. She was a Century Fellow at The University of Chicago, where she earned a Master’s Degree in music. She studied piano performance at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, and holds both a Certificate and License in Dalcroze Eurhythmics - a technique of integrating music and dance.


    thursday, February 1, 2018
    12-2:30 PM
    Part 1

    NEW Date for part 2:

    thursday, February 15, 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.



    Terry Leonino and Greg Artzner, educators and musicians, are mainstays of the Inner City-Inner Child early education program. Terry holds three degrees in early childhood education, including two in special education for children with learning disabilities and emotional disturbances, from Kent State University. In addition to being award-winning, renowned singer-songwriters, Ms. Leonino and Mr. Artzner are Master Artist Teachers for the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning and pioneers in the use of American Sign Language to promote literacy for low-income early learners.


    date change:

    WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7, 2018
    12-2:30 PM
    Part 1

    WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14, 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

    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: In Part 1, participants learn how to guide students, during a read aloud, to create dialogue characters might think, feel and say.  The process encourages students to:

    • Predict and infer in a developmentally appropriate way
    • Develop oral language
    • Demonstrate comprehension
    • Stay engaged
    • Develop a personal connection with a story
    • Love literature

    Part 2: In Part 2, participants will learn how to lead students through simple dramatizations of a story.  This process promotes:

    • Retelling of a story
    • Understanding of beginning, middle and end
    • Prediction and inference in a developmentally appropriate way
    • Comprehension of a story
    • Empathy and the ability to take turns
    • Self-awareness, self-control, and self-esteem
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    Lenore Blank Kelner is an author, educator, educational consultant, keynote speaker and teaching and theatre artist. She is presently working with the Maryland State Department of Education serving as an Arts Education Consultant for Early Childhood. 

    Lenore has presented her work in all 50 states and abroad. She has been a presenter with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for 35 years and was a Master Artist for the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning through the Arts for 25 years. Lenore is the author of The Creative Classroom and co-authored with Rosalind Flynn, A Dramatic Approach to Reading Comprehension (Heinemann, 2006).  Lenore was awarded the 2004 Creative Drama Award from the American Alliance for Theatre and Education.



    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, 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