June 2015

2014 Pre- K Report:
State of Pre- K in the District of Columbia

The Office of the State Superintendent's (OSSE) "2014 Pre-K Report: The State of Pre-K in the District of Columbia" was publicly released on May 14, 2015 and the report is now posted on our website. The report highlights that for the first time, the District used a common tool to measure classroom quality across all three sectors – public schools, public charter schools, and community-based organizations and in all three sectors, there are classrooms that meet or exceed the threshold for pre-K classroom quality as measured by the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) Pre-K™ evaluation tool.

In its annual analysis on the state of the District of Columbia’s pre-K education system, OSSE reveals that the District has seen substantial growth in the area of pre-K education and has been noted for both its investments and achievements in national conversations.
OSSE has partnered with First Book to bring more than 40,000 brand-new FREE books to early learning classrooms and resource centers in the District of Columbia to support educators and program leaders serving children in need. Signing up is free and only takes a few minutes to complete. A total of 2,000 registrations equals 40,000 books for our youth.
OSSE's Office of Grants Management (OGMC) will host its annual Community- Based Organizations- Grants Management Conference on Tuesday, June 16, 2015. The Grants Management Conference offers Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) the opportunity to learn about local grant funding available to assist families and communities with practical resources. Most importantly, this conference will provide CBOs with information on how to best meet the needs of District of Columbia students’ and improve their educational outcomes.
Father's Day is June 21, 2015
Support Fathers Activities with their Toddlers
Healthy and Happy Children
Fathers are Important- For Real
  • Fathers are essential to the healthy growth and development of their children.
  • Dads bring a unique perspective to the family and lives of their children.
  • Mothers and fathers can love their children by supporting each other as parents.
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Professional Development
  • Garden Learning for Family Child Care Homes: Tuesday, June 16, 2015; 9:15 am- 12:00 pm. Register by email.
  • Pre- K CLASS; Instructional Support: Concept Development: Friday, June 19, 2015; 1:00 pm- 4:00 pm. Register by web.
  • Field Trip Fridays, Smithsonian Folk Life Festival: Friday, June 26, 2015; 9:00 am- 4:00 pm. Register by web.
Did You Know?

Did you know that  the Strong Start DC Early Intervention Program has moved to 1371 Harvard Street, NW (1st Floor)? Families now have a confidential and safe atmosphere in which to meet with our Strong Start team members.

Provider Spotlight
Edward C. Mazique Parent Child Center, Inc. teams with Teaching Strategies to host a Rose Bush Planting Ceremony to honor 50 years of Head Start. Read more!

Nominate a program/ provider to be featured in an upcoming Provider Spotlight.
  • DC Child Care Connections is committed to improving the quality of early care and education services for District children and families. For child care resources email or call 202-469-8523.
  • The State Early Childhood Development Coordinating Council (SECDCC) held its bi-monthly meeting on May 26, 2015 at the Wilson Building. View meeting materials
  • Obama Heralds Head Start on 50th Anniversary. Read More.