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Total # of Early Head Start & Head Start children, families and pregnant women served. 

in 2017

Quality Improvement Network Locations

UPO is proud to be the hub for the Quality Improvement Network, a multi-year effort to boost outcomes for infants and toddlers. We oversee 16 child development centers to ensure that they meet the Head Start Performance Standards.
DC’s Office of the State Superintendent of Education chose UPO because we have a proven high-quality model. Our knowledge helps build the capacity of neighborhood-based child care centers, creating a rising tide that truly lifts all boats.

Enrollment Contact: Jean Hodges
jhodges@upo.org | (202) 238-4785

Big Mama’s Children’s Center
4680 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SW
(202) 563-5303
Christian Tabernacle of God (Site 1)
1000 V St. NW
(202) 265-9040
Christian Tabernacle of God (Site 2)
712 Randolph St NW
(202) 882-8232
Community Educational Research Group
4021 Minnesota Ave. NE
(202) 397-1170
Jubilee Jump Start
2525 Ontario Rd. NW (ground floor)
(202) 506-4607
Kennedy Child Development Center
801 Buchanan St. NE
(202) 529-7600
Love and Care CDC, Inc.
330 Kennedy St. NW
(202) 545-1780
Loving Care Day Nursery
1818 New York Ave. NE
(202) 547-1877
House of Ruth’s Kidspace Child and Family Development Center
4115 Alabama Ave. SE
(202) 667-7001
Kids are People Too CDC
4315 Nannie Helen Burroughs Ave. NE
(202) 397-1200
Board of Childcare
308 15th St. SE
(202) 544-6713
Bell Teen Parent and Child Development Center
3101 16th St. NW
(202) 939-7700 ext. 5098
Southeast Children’s Fund I
4233 6th St. SE
(202) 561-5500
Southeast Children’s Fund II
2300 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE
(202) 678-9772
Sunshine Early Learning Center
4224 6th St. SE
(202) 561-1100
National Children’s Center
3400 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE
(202) 279-4900

Early Head Start*

Love and attention should never get a time-out
The Office of Early Learning provides direct center-based services to Early Head Start children and families.  We focus on the first 1,000 days of a child’s life — from birth through age 2. We are passionate about helping children learn and develop fundamental skills, which promotes families’ well-being.  All of our children are screened within the first 45 days of entry for health and developmental delays.  (Approximately 10% of the children served are diagnosed with disabilities.) We embrace all populations and develop strategies to address the needs of children and families who deal with disabilities, homelessness, and foster care, as well as different languages and diverse cultural backgrounds.
Our classrooms have a special focus on comprehensive services including health, nutrition, and mental wellness. Our Early Head Start program gives infants and toddlers the tools to develop their social-emotional, physical, cognitive, and language skills — steering them in the direction of happiness and success.
UPO operates 13 Early Learning Centers throughout DC. (We also arrange for home visits.)
In addition to our program, we offer partnerships with Spanish Education Development (SED) Center and Christian Tabernacle Child Development Center (CTCDC).
For more information, contact Carmen Herrera at cherrera@upo.org or (202) 238-4733.

Head Start

Meeting the growing needs of growing children
To boost outcomes for children ages 3-5, we oversee thecomprehensive support given by 9 providers, ensuring that they meet the Head Start Performance Standards.
UPO partners with Head Start programs through DC’s Quality Improvement Network (QIN).The DC government chose us to become a QIN “hub” because we have a proven high-quality model. Our knowledge helps build the capacity of neighborhood-based center — look for the ones near you!
Our partners range from Educare DC (which provides the entire set of resources for children) to AppleTree charter school (which provides the educational portion while UPO staff work with families to ensure their health and well-being).Parents are involved through committees and trainings so they can access community resources, healthcare, dental vans, and hearing and vision screenings.
For more information, contact Carmen Herrera at cherrera@upo.org or (202) 238-4733.

Home Based

We make house calls
Home Based provides the same Early Head Start (EHS) resources and support in your home that children and families receive in our Early Learning Centers.
Qualified home visitors perform weekly 90-minute home visits with parents to engage them and their children. We support parents in developing qualifying milestones in order to support their child’s success. Bi-weekly socialization allows parents to build their understanding of parenting and brings the community together.
We give training support in health, nutritious meals, breastfeeding, school readiness, shared community resources, etc. We’re serving 72 families with this program, which is culturally sensitive to the needs of the community.
For more information, contact Yanet Hernandez at yhernandez@upo.org or (202) 238-4605.

Pregnant Women

Providing care from belly to cradle
UPO partners with the Healthy Babies Project to serve 52 pregnant women and families as they go through pregnancy and transition into parenting. Prenatal health has an impact on the child’s development so we can enroll moms-to-be in a center where they receive support for a healthy birth. We also train them on fetal alcohol syndrome, breastfeeding, and labor and delivery, and offer dental appointments for those who want them.
The goal is to provide proper planning for the unborn child. All pregnant women are screened for perinatal and post-partum depression and each family receives a post-partum visit 2 weeks after delivery to ensure a healthy transition from hospital to home.
For more information, contact Carmen Herrera at cherrera@upo.org or (202) 238-4733.

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*UPO’s OEL is a recognized leader and was selected to be a “hub” under the Office of the State Superintendent of Education’s (OSSE) Quality Improvement Network to support and train other early learning centers throughout DC in helping them to achieve program excellence.
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