Spring Issue – April 2016
Spring is here! We are all thrilled to get to spend more time outside as the weather improves. It’s an exciting time of new growth in nature and at ECC.
Our education program at ECC is also growing. We hired a new IEP (Individual Education Plan) Coordinator and a new Director of Education. Working with ECC’s educators, both are focused on enhancing ECC’s academics and increasing experiential learning opportunities. We also revamped our early elementary program for kindergarten through second grade. This program prepares students to be successful as they advance, and ideally transition to less restrictive environments.
I hope you will take advantage of this lovely weather to spend more time outside with your child. Research indicates that you and your child can benefit from being outside in nature. Nature lovers, health enthusiasts, and mental health practitioners stress the benefits of outdoor activities for children and adults. It has been cited as helping make attention deficit disorder and autism more manageable. Outdoor play helps children with special needs have fun and connect with the restorative benefits of nature and the environment, while building on skills learned in the classroom. Read more
Chairman of the Board, The Episcopal Center for Children
ECC Hosts the Lafayette Elementary School Spring Fair on May 7 (11am–4pm)
We are happy to have our neighbors on the grounds and will be sharing information about our work to help emotionally troubled children. Last year’s fair included carnival rides, moon bounces, face painting, a bike swap, food and a book sale. A fee may be charged for some activities. Stop by to enjoy the fun.
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by Shirley Woods, Speech and Language Pathologist Use a game to connect with your child…
by Kate Dreibles, Director of PBIS Encouragement for a child’s effort and persistence can be…
by Ben Lee, Math Teacher Making math useful can be a challenging task, but when…
On June 2, nonprofit organizations throughout the DC metro area will compete to raise funds and share their missions through the community.
Do More 24™ brings together nonprofit organizations, companies, and people committed to making a difference. Through focused online giving on June 2, Do More 24 provides the opportunity for people to create solutions to our region’s most difficult social challenges by determining which issues matter most to them and channeling their funding towards tackling those problems.
Powered by United Way of the National Capital Area, Do More 24 is a local movement that encourages donors to contribute to the causes and organizations closest to their hearts to solve our region’s most pressing challenges. More information is available at domore24.org.