A child-centered learning environment places the focus on the children and inspires them to learn by exploring their natural interests and curiosities.
Continuity of Care
At Educare Atlanta, infants remain with the same team of teachers until the children move out of the infant/toddler wing and into preschool. This continuity of care provides the children with stability and allows them to feel more comfortable at the school. The caregivers know the children quite personally by the end of the first three years, enabling them to provide the preschool and Pre-K teachers with a full background on the kids as they advance through the complex.
Pre-K children and parents moving into kindergarten are part of an intentional strategy guided by a school transition team. Every month, parents have the opportunity to attend a workshop on transitioning to kindergarten to assist them and their children in the move upstairs to Dunbar Elementary School. Children at Educare Atlanta begin to visit Dunbar Elementary from the fall of their prekindergarten year, culminating in a “K for a Day” experience in the spring. With funding support from United Way of Greater Atlanta, Dunbar offers a weeklong camp each summer to prepare entering kindergartners for success in their new school.
Dunbar Enrichment Academy
A three-year, $1.2 million award from the 21st Century Community Learning Center supports the after-school program at Dunbar Elementary. Offered to more than 100students, the Dunbar Enrichment Academy is an after-school community learning center providing academic enrichment opportunities for young children. The program helps students meet state and school standards in core academic subjects, such as reading and math, offers them a broad array of youth development enrichment activities to complement their regular academic programs and offers workshops and other educational services for the families of participating children.