Monday, December 15, 2008

DC Charity Spotlight: Inner City-Inner Child

$100: books for 10 children - the first they will ever own;
$500: 1 family workshop on early literacy skills;
$1000: books, bookshelves, and cozy rugs for 4 low-income childcare centers

Now here are two extraordinary statistics: 61% of low-income families have no books at home for their children, and 80% of their child care centers have none either. It's no surprise that children who don't grow up around books are likely to read poorly and read late. So Inner City-Inner Child focuses on creating a literacy-rich environment for the youngest children by working with the childcare centers in which they spend so much of their time. Dancing With Books selects six new centers a year for its interactive, book-based, arts and literacy residency. Singing and drumming the alphabet song in a traditional Swahili rhythm or using dance to learn new words, is just the beginning. Books, bookshelves, and rugs create classroom libraries and cozy book corners. On-site literacy training guarantees that teachers know how to use the books, just as family literacy workshops teach parents how to create a culture of reading at home. A six-time recipient of the Mayor’s award for outstanding work in early childhood education, ICIC opens a whole new world to children.

Connie Zimmer,
Executive Director

3133 Dumbarton Street NW
Washington, DC 20007
202-965-2000, ext 101

1 comment:

Michael said...

Whether it's a Christmas gift for your husband, wife, child or friend, the act of giving is a show of love and appreciation. It also satisfies a basic need in all of us to please another. All too often, though, we forget about the larger purpose of giving, the purpose giving Christmas gifts to charity can fulfill.

Of course the act of giving a gift to a loved one or someone close to you has an immediate positive impact in seeing the joy on their face as they receive the gift and then them lighting up when they see how much you thought and cared to pick that particular gift for them.

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