This partnership will benefit the community in four key ways
- IDEA scholars, who will have access “down the hall” to training and mentoring by Educare DC’s teachers and a pipeline to employment upon graduation
- Infants and toddlers will learn and grow through a high-quality Educare program housed in a brand new $2.75 million renovation at IDEA
- Families will benefit from Educare DC’s comprehensive health and family engagement services and coaches
- IDEA student-parents and staff will have an option for their own children to learn and grow on-site
Educare DC is nationally accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and received the highest quality designation from the Office of the State Superintendent of Education.
Supporting IDEA’s child development program
Scholars in IDEA’s child development program of study will now have access to an on-site childcare facility, where they can gain real-world experience while in high school and obtain their clinical hours to earn their Child Development Associate credential upon graduation. This partnership provides our scholars with a direct pipeline to potential employment as they continue their training to become early childhood educators.
This program of study includes a four-course sequence that begins during the sophomore year. Scholars will be ready to begin their clinical hours during their junior year at Educare and other childcare centers and will be able to continue working during the summer months.
Educare has also agreed to provide scholars with access to industry experts, mentors, and guest speakers to help engage scholars as they grow in this career pathway.
The Educare facility will be located on the first floor on the Lee Street side of the building and consist of 10 classrooms for 80 infants and toddlers from birth to three years old. The renovation work will be led by Corbett Construction and Stoiber & Associates architecture firm.
Demolition will begin in early December and is slated to run through the winter months. The targeted open date for the center is April 1, 2021.
If you have questions regarding the partnership or construction timeline, please contact IDEA Director of Career and Technical Education Andrea Zimmermann at email@example.com.