Classrooms for the little learners who will be sharing IDEA’s campus are almost ready! We are looking forward to the opening of Educare DC’s early learning center at IDEA, currently expected in June. When IDEA scholars are back in the classroom, those studying early childhood education will have the opportunity to gain hand-on skills and experience without leaving IDEA’s campus.
Educare DC’s center at IDEA will provide high-quality care and education for 80 infants and toddlers. Ten classrooms will accommodate eight children each. Educare DC is currently enrolling for 72 slots reserved for members of the community who qualify for Early Head Start (EHS). Interested parents can visit www.educaredc.org/enroll to learn more or begin the enrollment process. IDEA student-parents who qualify for Early Head Start (EHS) are welcome to apply. The remaining eight slots will be available to non-EHS families, including five slots for IDEA staff members and three for families from the community who are eligible for child care subsidies.
IDEA scholars enrolled in the child development pathway will have the unique opportunity while at school to serve as teaching assistants in early childhood classrooms, receiving mentoring from expert educators, and practical hours toward their Child Development Associate credential. Co-locating an early childhood education center with a high school child development program provides benefits for both tiny and teenage students and all of their teachers.
While COVID health and safety guidelines continue to evolve, Educare remains committed to the health and safety of families and staff. Educare anticipates that the IDEA center will open in June 2021 with COVID restrictions and protocols similar to those at its Parkside location. These include outdoor drop-off and pick-up, daily health screenings for children and staff entering the building, and enhanced cleaning protocols. Masks will be worn at all times by staff and any other adults entering the building and by children two and up as developmentally appropriate.
Educare DC is seeking skilled, knowledgeable, and passionate early educators to staff the center at IDEA. Currently three lead teacher positions (which require a bachelor’s degree) and six assistant teacher positions (which require an associate’s degree) are available. Candidates can learn more and apply at https://www.educaredc.org/about/careers/.