$12-million, state-of-the-art Educare school Coming to 650 Anacostia Avenue, NE

Rendering of the Educare facility

From a press release:

Groundbreaking ceremony to begin construction of a $12-million, state-of-the-art Educare school providing early childhood education aimed at closing the achievement gap for children in poverty. Scheduled to open in early 2012, Educare of Washington, DC, will provide direct services to 171 infants, toddlers, and preschoolers and their families and offer full-day, full-year programming along with space for community gatherings.

In addition to serving families in the Parkside-Kenilworth communities, Educare will provide technical assistance and training to support a new effort aimed at raising the quality of birth-to-five services for hundreds more at-risk children in Wards 5, 7, and 8 – areas of the district with the highest concentrations of poverty.

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  • Wonderful news. Anyone complaining about tax dollars going to poor people, please see http://www.princeofpetworth.com/2011/03/erica-on-how-school-really-is-by-danny-harris/

  • This sounds like great news – does anyone know the latest on the plan to shut down the Pepco plant next door to this?

  • Fewer schools, more dog parks !!!

  • Slam me if you want, but I’ve got to question this. 12 million dollar investment for 200 beneficiaries comes out to $60,000.00 per child. Even with 1000 children it it 12,000.00 per child. Of course I know it will be an ongoing program etc. but this organization’s website is disturbingly vague – lots of fuzzy talk – no projection of yearly operating budget or ongoing funding.

    I’m totally in favor of community development and investment – as in Harlem Children’s Zone – but I want to know why this it better than just hiring 50 community outreach social workers at a salary of $60,000 a year – (3 mill a year) With a caseload of 20 families each, they could be helping 1000 families a year.

    95% of early childhood education is really parental education – going to the library, getting books and reading to your child, learning how to talk to your child to develop language skills.

    • That math is off. If you figure the building stands for 30 years, it has a cost of $2000/child to provide a brick and motor center.

      • Better way to think of it is how much P+I the building costs annually and then compare that to how many social worker salaries that amount would support. The good news is it’s taking advantage of some low interest rates right now.

  • The other thing they better be on the lookout for is Federal workers from PG County dropping their kids off here on their way to work. I’ve overheard women at my workplace discussing similar ways to game the system several times, which makes me believe it is a pretty big problem.

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