COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT & EDUCATION

About Community Engagement & Education

The goal of the Community Engagement & Education program is to support students, their families, and our community in order to become successful. For students, our services achieve this through complimenting school-day learning, providing social and academic activities that contribute to children’s healthy development, and offering students academically rigorous and engaging programs that deepen their understanding of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and the arts. We extend our model even further to provide comprehensive support services and education opportunities for our families and the surrounding community.

Community Engagement & Education programming includes:

Family Center

The Family Center provides a haven for our families to participate in various workshops, access counseling, and attend skill-building classes. By establishing better relationships with parents, our hope is to educate them on matters of safety and discipline, and to inspire them to take a more proactive role in the lives of their children.

Studio R.O.C.K.S.

Studio R.O.C.K.S. (Reading, Outdoors, Creativity, Knowledge, S.T.E.A.M) offers before and after school programming as well as all day programs during winter, spring, and summer breaks. Studio R.O.C.K.S. accepts all children from kindergarten (age 5) to middle school (age 12). Our goal at Studio R.O.C.K.S. is to provide students with meaningful and impactful programming focusing on academic enrichment, self-discovery, and creative exploration–all in a bilingual, multicultural setting.

Tutoring

The tutoring program is a one-on-one homework help and literacy-focused program that depends on dedicated volunteers who commit to weekly 2-hour sessions. Volunteers support students with their homework from class for some of the time, then the rest is spent using educational games and activities to build literacy skills. Students in the program are often English Language Learners (ELLs), so the sessions are designed to support students in developing their English language reading and comprehension levels.

Family Book Clubs

The Family Literacy Book Clubs are community-based and community-initiated family literacy groups. CentroNía trains parents and community members to be Family Literacy coaches who are well–versed in developmentally appropriate literacy activities. The coaches then convene Family Book Clubs sessions within the community at which time parents and children engage in literacy extensions, receive books to build home libraries, and develop a strong foundation in literacy. Currently, neighborhood book clubs are up and running in Wards 1, 4, 5, 7, and 8. Clubs meet once a week for eight sessions (twice each year) and follow the curriculum and measurement topics from the District of Columbia Early Learning Standards. Goals for each session are tied to these measurement topics. The clubs’ overall goal is to make Family Book Clubs a city-wide program that targets the under-served population.

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.