Annandale Terrace Elementary School hosts parent coffees every Friday morning. These breakfast get togethers take place at their in-house Parent Center and provide parents with a variety of programs to help them feel connected to school and community. Four Parent Liaisons, each speaking a different language, work in the center to help facilitate parents' involvement in the school and their children's education.
The Professional Development Unit is responsible for providing resources that strengthen the knowledge, skills and disposition of the early childhood workforce. In doing so, this unit supports and partners with community and government agencies. This unit also provides guidance on policies related to early childhood workforce development, credentialing and qualifications.
ICIC believes that every child in the nation's capital should have access to quality early child care and education. Through literacy-rich residencies, ICIC introduces the joy of books and reading to both children and teachers and helps create an environment that will support school readiness and children who want to read. Their programs, Dancing With Books, Thinking Thursdays and Read With Me, have reached over 10,000 children in the District. They have helped 31 of the District's low income centers become NAEYC accredited, the nation's highest standard for early childhood education and care.
The Family Learning Program provides ESOL instruction for parents in a supportive classroom environment while their children participate in literacy-related activities and receive homework help in a separate classroom. At least twice a month, the children join the adult classroom for PACT (Parent and Child Together Time) activities. The Family Learning Program also encourages family literacy and parental involvement in education through workshops, book give-a-ways, and field trips. Adults who live with children or work as caregivers are also eligible for the classes. Class sites are located throughout Northern Virginia.
Lynbrook Elementary School hosts parent coffees at the Family Learning Center. These get togethers take place several times a week and provide parents and their children with a variety of programs to help them feel connected to school and community and with parenting education programs.
The Workforce Development and Continuing Education Department provides early childhood education classes. This program teaches students about the requirements to operate a family- or center-based child care facility as they learn to enhance their skills with young children and prepare to apply for a CDA credential.
The Early Childhood Development program is designed for people interested in working to provide care and direction of young children, or for people currently working in childcare who want to update and enhance their competencies. Occupational objectives include assistants, managers, teachers, and/or directors in day care and child development facilities.
UPO's family outreach programs are designed to support individual patterns of development and learning of children ages birth to five. Their goal is to help mold a child's educational experience to help him/her understand basic concepts and develop age appropriate literacy, numeracy, reasoning, problem solving and decision making abilities. These skills will in turn help to form a child's foundation for school readiness and success.