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CentroNía @ Upshur Now Open!

UPDATE: CentroNía @ Upshur is now open and accepting applicactions for 2.5-3.5 year olds as well as for our Studio ROCKS afterschool program for kids ages 5-8. For inquiries please contact our admissions office at, or 202-332-4200.

Myrna Peralta Honored as Community Champion

August 13, 2014: CentroNía is proud to announce that Capital One recognized President and CEO, Myrna Peralta, as a Community Champion at the Washington Mystics game during the second quarter. We are very proud of the leadership Myrna brings to this organization and we plan to continue being a pillar in our community. Capital One is a great partner and we look forward to our relationship growing even more in the future.


Courage for Kids Donates 121 Backpacks to PreK Graduates

In the past few weeks, CentroNía celebrated 121 Pre-K students from three sites in Washington DC and Takoma Park, Maryland “stepping-up” to Kindergarten! These special ceremonies included performances from each class filled with singing, dancing, and even a little rock and roll.

Join us for #DoMore24

On June 19, 2014, DC area residents will take a stand against poverty in the District by participating in Do More 24 - a 24-hour push powered by the United Way of the National Capital Area to raise support for local nonprofits making a difference in the DC community. This year join us in support of CentroNía’s Studio ROCKS Programs, the focus for our Do More 24 fundraising day.

Enroll Now for ROCKS Summer Camp!

If you enjoyed yourself at the Studio ROCKS Cultural Immersion Production on May 29th, then you should definitely enroll your child into Studio ROCKS Summer Camp because the ROCKS is HOT this Summer. ROCKS Summer Camp is full of fun with weekly field trips, our new educational Reader's Playbook Theater, LEGO Robotics, gardening, and sports teams.

CentroNía’s Multicultural Community Celebrates South African Culture

CentroNía's Community Engagement and Education Department celebrated the beauty of multiculturalism through art, music and theatre  at the Columbia Heights Education Campus on May 29, 2014. Students from the highly acclaimed Studio R.O.C.K.S.Out-of-School Time Program at CentroNía spent six weeks learning about the history, culture, and artistic traditions of South Africa, culminating in the creation of a Community Production titled, “Cultural Immersion: South Africa.” 

Annual Report 2012-2013: The Story of You and Me

 This year CentroNía wants to show you, our donors and supporters, just how important you are to us! The Annual Report 2012-2013 tells the story of the past year through the campaigns we championed and features stories of some very special people.

Join us for Community Production: South Africa

CentroNía is excited to announce the first Community Production of 2014 which will be held at Columbia Heights Education Campus located at 3101 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20010, on May 29th from 5:00 - 7:00 PM. This event will be a Cultural Immersion into South Africa! The event will be quite the production with South African themed art and performances conceived and led by the Studio ROCKS students.

CentroNía Book Fair Open Today / La feria de libros de CentroNía inicia hoy

CentroNía’s Book Fair begins today - Maya and Miguel from PBS will be here to kick-off the event!
From May 5th – May 10th you can visit CentroNía’s Community Library and buy a variety of books for kids. If you can’t visit our location you can easily shop online until May 17th by visiting this website.

The Washington Center Interns @ CentroNía

When I knew I was coming to Washington DC, I had no idea what to expect from my internship site. No amount of pre-professional coaching and research could tell me what I would need to be prepared for. I read about CentroNía before and I spoke to a Human Resources representative on the phone. She sounded so nice on the phone but I was still nervous. I did not know how easy or difficult it would be that I was coming from another country with a different culture and different ideas. On the first day I had an orientation meeting and I met Carmen, Alberto, Brian and Jesus, my fellow Washington Center interns. I realized all of them were feeling like me and I felt a little better because I knew I was not alone.

Since the beginning, everyone was very kind. A Human Resources representative gave us a nice presentation about CentroNía and later took everybody to our respective offices where we met all the incredible staff we would work with.

Our adventure began… and the first week went like this:

Day 1: Overwhelming - to say the least!

Day 2: I wondered what I was doing at this internship. I felt so lost.

Day 3: I loved my internship! I was in the Development Department and I started to get familiar with their work. It was surprising for me because I never imagined what incredible amount of work there is to provide low-income families with the help they need.

Day 4: I learned so much! I got involved with the process or writing a grant and now I know that it is not an easy job; it requires so much time and effort. I continued to learn more about CentroNía and its programs, particularly at the Family Center. 

I am so thankful I chose the internship I did. There are not enough words to describe the incredible time I had working at CentroNía. I´m sure all of my friends from the Washington Center feel the same. I highly recommend CentroNía as the best internship site option to learn about the non-profit world, to develop professional networks, to build leadership skills, and to have a great experience in a professional, multicultural environment.

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Starting July 1 parents can now apply to CentroNía's waitlist for early childhood education programs offered in Washington, DC and Maryland.
El periodo de registro para la lista de espera (0-4 años) dará inicio este 1 de julio.

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