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Mission & History

Our Mission

Educating children and youth and strengthening families, in a bilingual, multicultural environment.

Our Values

We instill the love of learning for our children, families and staff. We seek to nurture this growth in an atmosphere of respect, innovation and collaboration.

Our Milestones

1986

Founded as the Calvary Bilingual Multicultural Learning Center to provide high quality, affordable and accessible early childhood education; housed in the Calvary United Methodist Church, the program initially served 15 children.

1990

Expanded programs to include after-school and parent education to reflect the growing needs in the community.

1995

Moved to 1420 Columbia Road, donated by Verizon; enrollment grows to 100 preschoolers, youth and parents.

2001

Infant and Toddler Program is launched.

2004

CentroNía DC Bilingual Public Charter School enrolls its 1st class of pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students. 

2005

85 pre-kindergarteners enroll at new site at Harvard Street location.

2006

Re-branded as CentroNía, derived from Spanish, Swahili, and Esperanto--a language created in the 19th century to help bridge cultures; Centro means “center” in Spanish; Nia means “purpose” in Swahili and “our” in Esperanto.

2007/2009

Programs expanded to Takoma Park, Maryland to serve the growing immigrant community in Montgomery County. 

2010

CentroNía DC Bilingual Public Charter School graduates 1st 5th grade class. CentroNía also receives Early Head Start funding.