The COVID-19 crisis is a potential catastrophe for our nationís youngest children, especially those in the most economically challenged communities. The early years, ages birth to five, are crucial to their development and school readiness. Inspired Child plays a vital role here, providing age-appropriate, meaningful content to educators, families, and children learning at home. When it is safe to gather, in-person residencies, family workshops, and arts-based professional development will be underway again. In the interim, books, art materials, and emergency relief supplies are delivered to families (social distance is observed!); instruction, music, and movement videos are available on YouTube; and early childhood music, movement, and visual art classes are conducted on Zoom. One-on-one coaching fosters dialogue between teaching artists and classroom teachers, while online workshops for teachers and parents keep everyone safe and connected until those all-important social interactions can resume.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 2

Where They Operate: DC-Ward 1; DC-Ward 4; DC-Ward 5; DC-Ward 6; DC-Ward 7; DC-Ward 8

Age Groups Served: Infants (0-2); Pre-K (3-4)

Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Latino/Hispanic

Population(s) Served: Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members; Men/Boys; Women/Girls; Students; Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members

  • Number of books donated per year:   1700

Awards & Recognition

Six-time winner of the Mayor's Quality Partnership Award in early childhood education
Finalist for Mayor's Art Awards in Outstanding Contribution to Arts Education Category


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Budget (FY2015)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • The current budget for Inspired Child (formerly Inner City-Inner Child) is: Less than $500k

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