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DC Learns, Inc.

  • Washington, DC
  • http://www.dclearns.org

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Mission Statement

D.C.
LEARNs is a 501(c) (3) coalition of organizations in the District of Columbia that support and provide
literacy instruction to children, youth, and adults in Washington, D.C. Our mission is to lead coalition members in initiatives that strengthen the District's literacy services and present a strong, unified voice on the importance of literacy as an investment in the community.

Main Programs

  1. Literacy*AmeriCorps - Washington D.C.
  2. Literacy Hotline
  3. Adult Education Professional Development Center
  4. Early Readers Now
Service Areas

Self-reported

District of Columbia

D.C. LEARNs primarily serves the District of Columbia, with some programs serving both the District and the Metro D.C. area.

ruling year

1996

Principal Officer since 2004

Self-reported

Mr. Jeff Carter

Keywords

Self-reported

literacy, read, Washington, coalition, reading

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EIN

52-1995578

Physical Address

1319 F St NW Suite 302

Washington, DC 20004

Also Known As

D.C. LEARNs

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

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?

Overview

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D.C. LEARNs built and maintains the District's only comprehensive database of adult education programs. Our literacy hotline, which assists residents in finding and enrolling in adult education programs, averaged about 1500 callers annually during our peak years, an average of 128 per month.

D.C. LEARNs' Adult Education Professional Development Center (AEPDC) for adult and family literacy teachers conducted over 20 workshops last year that attracted nearly 300 teachers or tutors from literacy programs throughout the city. We provide a set of core skills workshops for inexperienced teachers and volunteers and more in-depth professional development for experienced teachers.

Our AmeriCorps program, Literacy*AmeriCorps - Washington D.C., provides AmeriCorps members to serve for one year as teachers at District literacy programs. As of December 2008, our AmeriCorps Members had served 214 adult learners during the first quarter alone. In addition, four of these adult learners took the GED exam with three passing (75%), and 14 took the CASAS post-test, with 10 making a five-point gain or more (71%).

Finally, our Early Readers Now (ERN) program is a small literacy recruitment and training for literacy volunteers interested in working with three- and four- year old children in early education settings (child care centers or family child care providers). Approximately 150-175 children are now engaged in regular interactions with Early Readers Now volunteers, and for each of the last two years we distributed 3000 new and gently used children's books to a growing list of childcare centers throughout the city.

In 2007-08, we represented adult literacy programs on the Mayor's Adult Literacy Council. We also convened a briefing in late September of 2008 with the D.C. Deputy Mayor for Education and the State Superintendent of Education to discuss the Council's final report. In 2009, we drafted a request for additional public dollars for adult literacy that was incorporated into the Fair Budget Coalition's 2010 city budget recommendations. We also facilitated one of several issues forums sponsored by Fair Budget Coalition in January for Council Members and staff. In 2008, the D.C. Education Compact agreed to make adult education one of the major hubs of its work going forward, with D.C. LEARNs as the leaders of that hub.

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

Literacy*AmeriCorps - Washington D.C.

Literacy*AmeriCorps - Washington D.C., provides AmeriCorps members to
serve for one year as teachers at District literacy programs. We
launched the project in September of 2008, and to date, we have placed
members at the following sites: The Youthbuild Public Charter School,
The Academy of Hope, City Gate, Inc., Southeast Ministry, Beyond
Talent, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington, and Living
Wages. In addition, three part-time AmeriCorps members serve as
volunteer training and outreach coordinators for pre-K literacy programs at CentroNia, Edward C. Mazique Parent Child Center, and Bright
Beginnings.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$290,000.00

Program 2

Literacy Hotline

We maintain the city's only comprehensive database of local child,
family and adult literacy programs and use this information to assist residents of the District of Columbia (and, about 25% of the time, people from one of the surrounding counties) seeking
assistance locating and accessing literacy services. In nearly every case, we facilitate a three-way call between the
caller, the literacy program he or she has selected, and our staff, so
that we can ensure that the caller is matched with an appropriate
program, and is able to set up an appointment for a formal assessment.
Potential volunteers can also call the hotline for volunteer
information or use our Web site to search for themselves.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Blacks

Hispanics

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$103,000.00

Program 3

Adult Education Professional Development Center

D.C. LEARNs' Adult Education Professional Development Center (AEPDC)
for adult and family literacy teachers provides a set of core skills workshops
for inexperienced adult literacy/GED/ESOL teachers and volunteers and more in-depth
professional development for experienced teachers, including Equipped
for the Future (EFF) training coordinated with the Center For Literacy
Studies at the University of Tennessee. (EFF is a set of adult learning
content standards that were constructed to strengthen the ability of
adult education providers to improve their programs in order to better
meet the needs of adult learners and the wider community.) Our training
team consists of staff from Literacy Volunteers and Advocates of the
National Capitol Area, Mary's Center, the Carlos Rosario International
School, the D.C. Public Library, and the SED Center.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Budget

$100,000.00

Program 4

Early Readers Now

Early Readers Now (ERN) is a small literacy recruitment and training
for literacy volunteers interested in working with three- and four-
year old children in early education settings (child care centers or
family child care providers). Volunteers are trained in interactive
read aloud techniques to read one-on-one with a child. Most of the
childcare programs supported by this program are located in low-income
neighborhoods around the District. Current ERN sites include CentroNia,
the Edward C. Mazique Parent Child Center, Bright Beginnings, the UDC
Child Development Center, Triangle Tots, the UPO Child Development
Center, the Edward C. Mazique Reeves Center, and the Randall Hyland
Private School.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$74,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

District of Columbia

D.C. LEARNs primarily serves the District of Columbia, with some programs serving both the District and the Metro D.C. area.

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D C LEARNS INC
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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DC Learns, Inc.

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mr. Jeff Carter

BIO

Prior to being named Executive Director of D.C. LEARNs in 2004, Mr. Carter spent six years as Education Technology Director in World Education's Literacy Division. World Education is an educational nonprofit known for its work around the world in adult literacy and other significant social issues. He is the author of “Under Construction: Building Web Sites as a Project-based Learning Activity for ABE/ESOL Classes,” a book designed to provide adult literacy and ESOL staff developers and teachers with some simple, user-friendly advice on building Web sites as a classroom activity. In 2003 he co-authored a report, “Technology in Today’s ABE Classroom: A Look at the Technology Practices and Preferences of Adult Basic Education Teachers,” which offered highlights from a technology survey of the northeastern U.S. conducted during the winter of 2003, one of the largest of its kind to look at how teachers actually use technology.

Locally, Mr. Carter was a member of the Mayor’s Adult Literacy Council in 2007-08, and currently represents D.C. LEARNs and the literacy field on the D.C. Jobs Council, the Fair Budget Coalition, the D.C. Education Compact, and the District of Columbia Public Library’s Library Services and Technology Act Advisory Board. Nationally, he has consulted on a variety of projects with the National Institute for Literacy, serves on the Board of Directors of Literacy USA, and is a member of the steering committee for The Adult Literacy and Technology Network, a national group of adult literacy professionals dedicated to finding solutions for using technology to enhance adult literacy.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ms. Marcia Harrington

District of Columbia Public Library

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