Premiere Issue – December 2015

dodd2The 2015–16 school year is well under way and it’s a busy time at the Center! For some of you, this is your child’s school and day treatment program. For others, it’s a place that you believe in.

We embrace the proverb that “It takes a village to raise a child.” We seek to create supportive family-like partnerships that promote the growth and development of children. This philosophy shapes and guides our work.

Our partnership with families is critical to every child’s progress

This year, we have improved our programming to further engage our students in new therapeutic and learning activities. Children participate daily in staff led clubs, including yoga, knitting, CrossFit, etiquette, technology, leadership and robotics. Read more

dianeDiane has worked at the Center for 31 years as a Music Therapist

How does one become a music therapist?
A music therapist has a degree in music therapy and is required to do a 6-month internship after graduation. Upon completion of the internship, a music therapist has to pass a certification exam in order to become board certified.

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Federal employees can make a CFC pledge online at or contribute using a paper pledge form that you should receive from your Keyworker.

The campaign runs through  December 15.


The CFC code for ECC is 29486 (you will need this code if making a pledge through CFC) Read more

Your gift of $24 can…
Provide sports equipment such as basketballs, soccer balls, cones, soft play balls, and flying discs.
Find out what $48, $124 or $240 Can Do!

Tip #1: Help instill responsibility in your child. Create age-appropriate learning and experiential opportunities that help your child demonstrate responsibility. This can be achieved by assigning chores, providing examples of cause and effect, and establishing routines. More Tips

We strive very hard at ECC to build a learning community and culture that supports all children. One of the ways we nurture community is by using Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports, also known as PBIS. It is a proactive approach to establishing the behavioral supports and social culture needed for all students in a school to achieve social, emotional and academic success. Read more

For many students, math typically falls at the bottom in terms of preferred subjects. Numbers seldom have meaning beyond a classroom and word problems, which are intended to provide context, only confuse and frustrate the learner. Read more

“What is Occupational Therapy? What do Occupational Therapists do?” These are common questions we hear. Many people think occupational therapy is about recovering from a workplace accident, but that’s not the case. Read more

Waiting games improve your memory, vocabulary, grammar, social skills, and attention skills.

The Category Game

Take turns describing an object so the other person can guess what it is.  Tell the category; what is does, where you find it, what is made of, who uses it, the size, smell etc. Read more

by Erinn Walsh & Loan Truong, Reading Specialists

The students at the Episcopal Center for Children started the year with a book whose simple text conveys a powerful message about a child’s creative potential. The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds is often used to inspire artistic self expression and self confidence. But it is equally capable of encouraging struggling or reluctant readers and writers of any age to “make their mark” with words! Like any artistic creation that begins with a simple dot, reading and writing begin by making their mark with a simple word.
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  • Tutoring
  • Mentoring
  • Classroom Assistant
  • Enrichment Activity Leader
  • Recreational Activity Leader
  • Instructional Aide
  • Event Planning and Assistance
  • Fundraising

Volunteers can help The Center in so many ways. Background screening is required for roles involving contact with students. Would you like to volunteer? Please contact us at 202-363-1333