Dr. Seuss, the beloved children’s book author, is credited with saying “To the world you may be one person; but to one person you may be the world.” His words perfectly capture the impact that your gift to Inner City-Inner Child (ICIC) during this holiday season has on the children we serve.
We live in a time of staggering need in our nation’s capital:
- 34% of children in Washington, DC live in poverty.
- By age 3, children from professional families have heard 30 million more words than children from lower-income households.
- 81% of fourth graders in DC are reading below grade level.
- 60% of low income-families have NO books for their children at home.
When you give to ICIC, you defeat these troubling statistics and make an immediate difference in the lives of the children we serve. In addition to allowing children to learn from skilled teaching artists through our Dancing With Books classroom residency, gifts to ICIC make it possible for children to:
- take home a backpack full of picture books—for some, these are the first books they will ever own
- enjoy reading with their parents at home, thanks to a family literacy packet we provide that includes books and music
- view reading as a warm and positive experience, with the addition of a cozy reading sofa and a rug to their classroom
- have access to high quality literature in their classroom library, which we stock with new books.
When you give to ICIC, you give to a program that works. Our assessments show that children gain literacy, math, and other academic skills when they participate in Dancing With Books. These gains are potentially life-changing for preschool children from low-income backgrounds. If these children enter kindergarten ready to learn, this early academic success can change the trajectory of their lives, and ultimately break the cycle of poverty.
In sum, when you give to ICIC during this holiday season, your gift makes a world of difference to the children we serve. Happy holidays to you from all of us at ICIC, and thank you for your generosity.
For more than two decades, Inner City-Inner Child (ICIC) has supported early childhood education in Washington, DC through arts education programs and early childhood development training. We provide quality arts integration and early childhood development programs that serve low-income families in DC. ICIC also provides arts-focused professional development programs for teachers who work in early childhood centers and school-based early childhood education programs in DC. In addition, we engage low-income DC parents in child development activities that help them create learning experiences at home.