Educational Institutions

Spanish Education Development Center

  • Washington, DC
  • www.sedcenter.org

Mission Statement

The Spanish Education Development (SED) Center was founded in 1971 when a group of community leaders and parents joined together to establish daycare services for their children. These services became the first bilingual preschool in Washington, DC. As the population increased and diversified, the SED Center developed programs to meet the changing needs of a wider range of immigrants and their children.

The SED Center provides educational programs for children ages 3 months to 4 years, their families, and adults in the Washington metropolitan area, with a primary commitment to immigrants from Latin America.

Main Programs

  1. Children's Program
  2. Adult Programs
Service Areas

Self-reported

District of Columbia

Washington, DC Metropolitan Region

ruling year

1971

Principal Officer

Self-reported

Martha Egas

Keywords

Self-reported

bilingual preschool, day care, ESL classes, volunteer opportunities, education, educational services for low-income.

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Also Known As

SED

EIN

23-7147887

 Number

0256955193

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Children's Program

The SED Center is currently licensed to serve 162 children ages 3 months to 4 years-old. Our children's program is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) at the gold tier, the highest level of program quality.

SED Center's Educational Program is primarily based on the Alerta and High Scope curricula, which are both bilingual and multicultural approaches to teaching children The Alerta curriculum teaches children positive aspects in cultural similarities and differences, and also helps foster respect towards those with different cultural backgrounds. The students also benefit from a curriculum that stimulates a positive self-concept and develops bilingualism in all aspects of their learning.

The High Scope curriculum concentrates on stimulating cognitive development through learning activities and materials that foster logical reasoning and readiness in math, language and science. The SED curriculum also incorporates the Early Reading Program developed by Dr. Robert Lado, of Georgetown University. This program establishes basic literacy in both Spanish and English by the time children graduate from the program.

Our focus in bilingual education is in two primary language groups, English and Spanish, and our goal is to have the students learn each other's language at the same time they continue to improve their own. This learning is facilitated by a secure and caring atmosphere, where concepts are first learned in the first language and then transferred to the second language when mastered. By being continually exposed to two different languages, children begin to feel comfortable in hearing and using both, and bilingualism is gradually developed and mastered.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$2,194,635.00

Program 2

Adult Programs

The SED Center Adult Program provides classes in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), GED preparation, US Citizenship Exam preparation, and computer training. Each year, we offer three 10-week sessions of ESOL classes at five levels. Students have the choice between weekday evening or weekend classes. GED preparation and computer training classes are also offered during the week. All courses are held in a group setting with approximately 15-20 students per class.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

Adults

Young Adults (20-25 years) -- currently not in use

Immigrants/Newcomers/Refugees

Budget

$401,071.00

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    The SED Center’s goals are to: (1) equip children with the basic skills essential to their future educational success and to develop each child's fluency in English and Spanish before attending Kindergarten (i.e. school readiness); (2) provide quality childcare for immigrants and their young children (infants to preschool) allowing parents to work or advance their education; (3) provide adults with survival techniques, including English fluency, problem-solving abilities, and employment skills; and (4) provide job training, internships, and public service opportunities to secondary school and university students, seniors, and community volunteers.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    The SED Center offers three key programs in support of these goals: (1) a nationally accredited bilingual early childhood education program serving children ages 3 months to 30 months; (2) A nationally accredited bilingual preschool serving children ages 2 1/2 to 4;; and (3) adult education classes including ESOL, GED, and computer training programs. The SED Center’s award-winning volunteer program trains, coordinates placements for, and evaluates volunteers in each of the above programs. Volunteers complement the SED Center’s curricula, facilitating more one-on-one interaction and reducing the teacher/facilitator-to-student ratio.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Infant/Toddler Program – In 2009, the SED Center launched a full-day infant-toddler early education program in response to the needs of SED’s target population and the overwhelming lack of high-quality infant care options. With a current capacity for 61 children, the SED Center’s Infant/Toddler program promotes positive, supportive interactions between teachers, infants, and their families. The SED Center's program provides a nurturing, supportive, safe, fun, and active place for infants to learn, grow, and develop physically, socially, cognitively, and emotionally, under the care of experienced, trained caregivers. This program also offers subsidized tuition for qualifying low-income families. Approximately 90% of SED’s families enrolled in the Infant/Toddler program receive subsidies through the OSSE Child Care Services Division. The program holds national accreditation from the National Association for Educators of Young Children (NAEYC) and the Gold Tier Award from OSSE.

    Bilingual Preschool – The SED Center’s Bilingual Preschool, recipient of the OSSE Gold Tieraward, has evolved from a daycare program to an advanced early childhood development program for 100 children ages 2 1/2 to 4. During the 3-year program, the SED Center’s preschool students learn from experienced teachers following a performance-based curriculum (described in more detail below) and develop through participation in enriching activities. The SED Center is accredited by the National Association for Educators of Young Children (NAEYC), certified by Head Start, and is the first nationally accredited bilingual Preschool program in the Greater Washington, DC area.

    Adult Education – The SED Center’s adult education program provides students with valuable skills through ESOL, GED, computer training, survival skills, job-related, and general English language classes. The ESOL Program is one of the largest in the Washington, DC area, serving more than 540 students in three 10-week sessions each year. The students in the ESOL program are primarily from Central and South America, but also Africa and Asia. Hundreds more are placed on waiting lists and accepted to each session on a space-available basis. The SED Center’s classes are student-centered, allowing them to choose the option – evening or weekend classes – that works best for their family and work schedule.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    SED helps children become school-ready through systematic observation and assessment. The curriculum provides teachers with assessment tasks for cognitive, social, and psychomotor goals and objectives. Teachers observe and assess the children's aptitude in each of these areas continually during the program year and incorporate these observations into daily plans to ensure that the children master developmentally appropriate tasks. Teachers document progress for each child individually and as a class in order to observe the differing progress of each child and of the group so that they can plan accordingly to ensure that all children are making progress. In addition to this tracking of progress, teachers administer the Carolina Test (Spanish/English version) to preschoolers each year to assess their continuous progress during the program. The Carolina Test also allows teachers to observe and provide special attention to children who may have special learning/emotional needs.

    SED's Adult program performs pre and post-testing using the CASAS assessment tool. CASAS is a nationally recognized assessment that gauges the level of English the participant possesses and also how effectively he/she uses that knowledge in different environments. The program has the following characteristics: SED limits to 16 the number of adult learners in a class to ensure higher learner participation. SED’s instructors are paid professionals with a minimum of 3 years working with adults . They all attend a 12-hour training program that includes background of the organization, need for adult education classes in the District, methodology, description and need of our adult learners, and cultural sensitivity and awareness. SED has designed its own curriculum following EFF (equipped for the future) and SCAN’s standards and taking into consideration the unique characteristics of its adult learners. The program includes 5 levels of 100 hours each of direct contact with participants
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    The award-winning SED Center Bilingual Preschool has evolved from a daycare program to an advanced early childhood development program for 100 children ages 2 1/2 to 4. The parents served by the SED Center Preschool are mostly low-income Latinos. During a three-year program, our Preschool students learn and develop from experienced teachers, a performance-based curriculum, and enriching activities. SED is accredited by the National Association for Educators of Young Children (NAEYC), certified by Head Start and is the first accredited bilingual Preschool in the Greater Washington, DC area. Currently, 170 children are on SED's waiting list for the Preschool Program.

    Responding to the needs of our target population, SED has designed a full-day infant care program that launched in the fall of 2009. With a capacity for 61 children, the SED Infant Care program promotes positive supportive interactions between teachers, infants, and their families. SED's infant care program provides a nurturing, supportive, safe, fun, and active place for infants to learn and grow and to develop physically, socially, cognitively, and emotionally, under the care of experienced, trained caregivers. This program also offers subsidized tuition for qualifying low-income families.

    Our Adult Program serves about 600 participants each year. This is a duplicated count as we offer 5 levels of English instruction in three 10-week sessions a year and students often come back to take classes at the next level. A typical student in our program is 29 years old, Latino, has a 6th grade education level, is exposed to little or no interactive learning, has at one or two children, works 12 to 14 hour days and makes $9 per hour. He or she mostly needs oral English skills to communicate with co-workers, supervisors, neighbors, and teachers at their children’s school. Approximately 90% of our adult learners are seeking a better job or better job security inside their field of work and do not plan to go to college.With the implementation of CASAS, we set measurable goals for our learners, documents learner outcomes, and gauge program impact. This impact has been extremely successful. Our program currently has a 72% retention rate and a 79% attendance rate
Service Areas

Self-reported

District of Columbia

Washington, DC Metropolitan Region

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SPANISH EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT CENTER
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30

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Spanish Education Development Center

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Principal Officer

Martha Egas

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Raymond Ritchey

Boston Properties

Term: Jan 2011 - Jan 2014

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