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ICIC See photos and read about Inner City Inner Child’s “Dancing With Books” arts/ literacy residency with Pre-K classes at Mary’s Center and the Briya Public Charter School.


Funded in part by the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts

Inner City–Inner Child (ICIC) believes that every child in the Nation’s Capital should have access to quality early childcare and education. Our innovative programs, Dancing With Books, NapTime U. and Read With Me, have reached over 15,000 young people in Washington, DC.
Through literacy rich residencies and workshops ICIC:

  • Introduces the joy of books and reading to children
  • Expands classrooms libraries
  • Creates cozy reading corners
  • Gives children books to take home
  • Introduces new strategies to teach early literacy
  • Provides professional development to teachers
  • Helps DC’s low-income centers stay NAEYC accredited, the nation’s highest standard for early childhood education and care

Inner City Inner Child Presents:

Big Brains, Little Bodies:
The Science of Early Learners

Adults have had years to practice and refine our skills at focusing and developing skills that help us function at a high level. Young children look to their caregivers and families to learn these skills. Young minds are considered “plastic” - they have the ability to change and adapt as the result of experiences.  This means that caregivers and families can make a big impact on how children learn to think, develop, and grow.
In this two-part series, we will explore the unique opportunity early learning teachers have to impart invaluable lifelong skills, and specific strategies teachers can use right away in their classrooms and at home.


Tuesday, April 22nd & Thursday, April 24th             Matthews Memorial Church
12:00 – 2:30                                                                   2616 MLK Jr. Ave. SE
LUNCH IS PROVIDED                                                Washington, DC 20020
$35 for parts 1 & 2
$20 for 1 part only

Kimberly Pearson Cooke


Before Joining the School Readiness Consulting team as a trainer and Director of Partnerships and Development, Kimberly  Pearson Cooke was the Director of Talent and Operations at Teach For America-DC Region, and a preschool teacher at DC Prep. Kimberly earned a Master's in Education Policy and Management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a B.A. in Secondary Education English from the University of St. Thomas. 


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