Children’s experiences from birth through age 3 have a profound impact on their educational, social and physical potential.
Originally called the Early Learning Literacy and Resource Center when it opened in 2010, Educare Atlanta is part of the Educare Learning Network, an elite group of some of the highest-performing early learning schools serving children at risk of academic failure. Through careful data analysis and evaluation, the Educare network is making the case for investing in high-quality care and early childhood education for low-income children. The Early Learning and Literacy Resource Center became Educare Atlanta in 2012.
Educare Atlanta provides children with high-quality early care and learning in their first FIVE years of life so that they develop a strong foundation of cognitive, linguistic, social and emotional skills. The school also engages parents and empowers them to support their children’s healthy development.
Educare Atlanta is staffed and managed by Sheltering Arms Early Education and Family Centers, one of Georgia’s oldest and most respected child care providers. The school, located in a high-poverty neighborhood just outside downtown Atlanta, has functioned at capacity since soon after its launch in early 2010, offering all-day, year-round care to children ages six weeks through prekindergarten. Teacher-student ratios are low, and children remain with the same teachers from infancy through toddlerhood, enabling them to develop strong emotional bonds and a sense of trust. Teachers utilize motivational techniques to inspire children to embrace learning and literacy.
In addition to its services for children, Educare Atlanta has a number of programs and resources that build the skills and confidence of parents — a child’s first and most important teacher. The school hosts monthly parent meetings on topics related to child development, health and literacy and offers a unique, school-based Parents as Teachers program that provides personal visits for families with young children. Parents can also access information on child development in the school’s Parent Resource Room.
Through the Healthy Beginnings System of Care, a full-time nurse is on-site, helping families access health insurance and strengthen relationships with their child’s primary care physician. She also ensures children’s immunizations and developmental screenings are up-to-date.
Educare Atlanta shares a building with Dunbar Elementary School, the other half of the Dunbar Learning Complex. The two schools work closely together to teach and support all enrolled children so that they will be proficient readers and successful students by the end of third grade.
In 2012, the school earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children, a nationally recognized mark of quality in early childhood education.