Founded in 1991, Beacon House DC is located on the campus of Edgewood Commons, where they focus on after school education and youth development program to improve the economic trajectories of children in Ward 5. Beacon House will use the Targeted Grant funds to support their Flagship Education Program, specifically early childhood literacy efforts and STEM skills development.
Maya Angelou Public Charter School
Founded in 1999, Maya Angelou Public Charter School is an alternative charter school network in Ward 7 that serves promising students who have not found success in traditional schools. Maya Angelou Public Charter School will use the Targeted Grant funds to support their Business Administration Program, which provides their participants with foundational business, financial, and digital literacy skills and the exposure they need to succeed in post-secondary degree programs that will lead to meaningful, sustainable careers.
The Child and Family Network Centers
The Child and Family Network Centers (CFNC) was established in 1984 by mothers living in public housing after 17 of their children failed kindergarten. Located in Alexandria, Virginia, CFNC has expanded its scope to provide caring, high-quality, free early education and related services to at-risk children and their families in their own neighborhoods in preparation for success in school and in life. CFNC will use the Targeted Grant funds to support and distribute “Literacy Tool Boxes” with books aligned with their Racial Equity in Early Learning Plan and resources CFNC children will use for the school year to strengthen their literacy skills — in the classroom and at home with their families, who will be trained to facilitate at home reading modules.
Founded in 2009 by three passionate music-enthusiasts who wanted to explore the power of music and use it in impactful ways, The MusicianShip offers free music instruction and academic support throughout Washington, DC to students who might not otherwise have access to these resources. Their mission is to change lives by facilitating music lessons, experiences, and opportunities to benefit youth who need it the most. The MusicianShip will use the Targeted Grant funds to support their Out of School Time Music Education Programs, which improve music aptitude, enhances educational outcomes, and creates promising career pathways for its participants.
TARGETED GRANTS FOR COMMUNITY PARTNERS
Bright Beginnings, Inc.
Founded in 1990, Bright Beginnings provides learning opportunities that build literacy skills and prepare children in Ward 8 to enter kindergarten on par with higher-resourced peers. Bright Beginnings will use the Targeted Grant for Community Partner funds to support their Early Childhood Education and Literacy program to prepare and distribute classroom-in-a-bag Learning Kits and digital resources to program participants and their families.
Calvary Women’s Services
Founded in 1983, Calvary Women’s Services (Calvary) empowers homeless women in Washington, DC, specifically Wards 7 and 8, to transform their lives through housing, health, education, and employment programs. Calvary will use the Targeted Grant for Community Partner funds to support their Life Skills, Education and Arts Program (LEAP), which is an on-site afternoon program offered to participants in their transitional housing program; the program focus areas include art and creative expression, computer literacy, financial literacy, health and wellness, job readiness, reading and writing skills, nutrition, and social activities.