CentroNía Institute

About CentroNía Institute

The CentroNía Institute was conceived as the result of CentroNía’s experience and success working with young children, their families, and teachers in a bilingual, multicultural environment. The majority of children we serve are English Language Learners (ELLs). Due to these circumstances, this community is historically underserved, both locally and nationally, by center- and school-based education. The CentroNía Institute strives to raise awareness and strengthen institutional capacity to address these needs in the following ways:

  1. Presenting and disseminating research surrounding best practices for educating young ELLs.
  2. Offering professional development workshops and trainings to educators, school leadership, childcare center staff, and parents.
  3. Providing on-site technical assistance and individualized coaching to teachers and staff in real life circumstances in the classroom.
  4. Through education and training, our goal is to meet the needs of the growing population of ELLs and prepare teachers for a successful professional career in Early Childhood Education.

The CentroNía Institute offers the following:

Mentor/Coach Training

Our coaches provide on-site professional development and on-going support in a multi-level, comprehensive, and multidisciplinary structure that mobilizes teachers, administrators, and parents to produce positive outcomes for all children.

The Model Classroom

Our coaches engage teachers and educational leaders in a practical classroom context to look at the importance of environment in the process of literacy and language development in early childhood classrooms. Educational leaders apply planning, implementation, and assessment skills through continuous reflection of their practice.

Conferences, Workshops, & Technical Assistance

Our coaches provides highly interactive workshops and conferences on a variety of topics that are responsive to the needs of adult learners for professional development. These conferences and workshops provide staff who are working with children, youth and adults in diverse settings with evidence based strategies to strengthen the effectiveness of their work and introduce them to exciting thinkers who are shaping policy and practice in their fields.

Child Development Associate (CDA) Training Program

Child Development Associate (CDA) is a national credentialing program in early childhood education, including courses for home- and center-based programs. At CentroNía, we specialize in both infant/toddler and preschool endorsements with a bilingual specialization. CentroNía Institute coaches provide classroom instruction to prepare participants for the CDA credential exam which is administered by the Council for Professional Recognition.

Early Head Start Quality Improvement Network (QIN)

The CentroNía Institute is proud to have been selected to participate in the District of Columbia’s Quality Initiative Network working with early childhood development centers across the city. Our team of coaches works closely with educators and administrators to ensure their program upholds the high standards set by federal and state officials to ensure all children receive the best education possible at a young age.

What is the QIN Network?

The Quality Improvement Network (QIN) is the first step toward a multi-year effort to build a neighborhood-based quality improvement system for early childhood development providers in the District of Columbia. This new initiative will result in more children and families benefiting from early, continuous, intensive, and comprehensive child development and family support services, including educational, health, nutritional, behavioral, and family support services which enhance the physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development of participating children.

The purpose of the QIN is to improve outcomes for infants and toddlers by building the supply of high quality, comprehensive early care and education services and supports in the District of Columbia for infants and toddlers.

Goals of QIN

  1.  Implement a community-based quality improvement system aligned to the comprehensive, quality standards of EHS (reach 3,300 children in subsidy program currently).
  2. Invest in adding 1,000 new high-quality EHS slots for children and families where the need is unmet.
  3. Leverage all available funding sources (local, federal) across District government to provide comprehensive support to children and families.
  4. Ensure that children with high needs have access to these high quality child care slots in their community.

QIN Benefits to Families

Families who participate in the QIN will receive, at no cost:

  1. Access to infant and toddler care that is nurturing and responsive to their child’s needs.
  2. Links comprehensive supports and services for families to child care sites.
  3. Continuous, comprehensive high quality child development and family support services.
  4. Family engagement and decision-making opportunities.
  5. Subsidy contract for child care services at the center until the children ages out of the program.

Interested in enrollment?

The best way to learn about CentroNía and whether our services are right for you and your family is by making an appointment with our Admissions Office and speaking with a representative.