To all our Families and Supporters,
CentroNía, since our founding in 1986, has worked to increase access to high-quality, affordable early childhood education and family support services in the greater D.C. metropolitan area. As the COVID-19 pandemic has made clear, such services are vital for the wellbeing and success of children and families in communities across the nation.
Our 35th anniversary year differed greatly from our pre-pandemic expectations, but was marked by renewed resolve. Despite the strain of operating under the pandemic, CentroNía kept its doors open and served a record number of children and families. We opened a new center for infants and toddlers at Stevens Early Learning in downtown D.C.
and continued to work towards the opening of a center in Silver Spring, MD.
While much has changed, our commitment to increase accessible child care services for those families who most need our services has been the one constant.
As the public health crisis evolved, we adapted. Teachers created virtual learning programs to keep children progressing towards kindergarten readiness, and our Out-of-School Time program supported children enrolled at DCPS schools by offering full-day services tailored to their individual class schedules. Through it all, the children and families we serve showed remarkable resilience, as did our staff, by finding new ways to connect through socially distanced activities such as drive-by graduation ceremonies and take-home barbecues. As the following report shows, CentroNía also dramatically ramped up community outreach and relief activities throughout 2020 and 2021 in order to respond to rising community needs.
None of this would have been possible without the committed donors, supporters, adult alumni, volunteers, and staff who allow CentroNía to provide children and families with the services they need to learn and grow.
We are grateful for your support as our community continues to face the ongoing social, health and economic impacts of the pandemic and we work to build a stronger future for our families.
President & CEO