Family Literacy Program and Briya Public Charter School
The Family Literacy Program provides parents and their children ages 0 to 12 with the tools needed to be successful in school and in the workplace. Classes for parents include English and computer literacy, parenting, civics, and job skills. Parents learn to complete health, school, and work forms; read medicine labels; ask questions at doctor appointments and parent-teacher conferences; understand children’s report cards; help their children with homework; and much more. While parents are in class, their children attend early childhood classes for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. These classes prepare children for kindergarten by developing their language, literacy, cognitive, motor, and social skills. During Parent and Child Together time, or PACT, parents apply language and literacy development techniques studied in parenting classes. They use these techniques with their children at Mary’s Center and at home.
In 2006, a D.C. charter school, now called Briya, was created as an independent entity and key partner of Mary’s Center. This partnership allows for expanded literacy and job training offerings.
Child Care Licensing Program
Mary’s Center provides training and technical assistance to individuals interested in opening their own licensed child care business, either in the home as a Child Development Home, or in a commercial location as a Child Development Center. This program includes step-by-step guidance on the complex licensing process, mentoring and coaching to help improve quality, and professional development. We provide support for individual problem solving, interact with agencies on behalf of participants, and help participants prepare for the required inspections. We have provided services to individuals of all languages and backgrounds, including speakers of Amharic, Arabic, Bengali, Creole, English, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Tigrinya, Turkish, and Vietnamese. For more information about this program and our impact, please click here.
Child Development Associate Classes
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