Anne Marie Drechsler wrote -
National Children’s Center, Inc. (NCC) is one of the region’s largest non-governmental providers of services for the developmentally disabled, offering an array of services to infants, children and adults in the Washington metropolitan area. NCC’s community-based services include Early Learning Centers, Schools, Transition Services, Adult Vocation Services and Residential programs. These personalized services have benefited thousands of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities by providing educational development and life skills that have lead to empowerment, employment and independent living.
The Early Learning Center’s mission is to provide high-quality early childhood education and early intervention for children (ages 6 weeks to 5 years) in our inclusive setting located in the Anacostia neighborhood of Southeast Washington, DC. Our center focuses on early identification and intervention to address developmental concerns during the critical first five years of life, in order to provide the maximum impact and outcomes possible. NCC’s focus on early intervention helps in strengthening the abilities of the infants and toddlers we serve. The early intervention services helps with children with disabilities or delays to learn key skills and catch up their development. Those services are; Assistive Technology, Speech and Language Services, Audiology or Hearing Services, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Sensory Integration.
"Not every child develops at the same pace, and some children develop much more slowly than their peers. These delays can include a child not walking, talking, or playing and interacting with their friends. A wide variety of diagnoses can cause delays including pre-maturity, Down’s syndrome, cerebral palsy, hydrocephaly, or Prader-Willi. At NCC’s Early Learning center, a team of physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech language pathologists, and teachers work with children and their families to promote age-appropriate skills for a successful and independent life." said Durie O, D.P.T.
The Early Learning Center’s family literacy program, Brunch Bunch, is a book club for parents and children to assist in raising a broader awareness on early literacy. Coinciding with the organization’s goal to provide those in need with a wide range of unique, person centered inclusive and therapeutic services; this quarterly program aims to provide parents with insight, support and encouragement to enable them to establish a nightly story time with their children.
Serving approximately 185 kids in Ward 8, Brunch Bunch has shared specific strategies with parents for developing a story time routine, increasing a child’s vocabulary, and teaching children about feelings through story time. The initial goal of Brunch Bunch was to provide parents with the necessary tools to implement a successful nightly story time with their children. This includes the provision of books for home and an opportunity for parents to collaborate with program staff as well as other parents while learning about the importance of early literacy.
NCC currently serves 50 families and we would like to expand our services to 450 as a resource to assist and provide the needs of the community. Providing for the greater need of the community is who we are, what we are and why we do what we do. Please click on the crowd fund link and Donate today!