Education is a key component of the Mary’s Center Social Change Model and we are very proud of our partnership with Briya Public Charter School, which offers excellent programs to help children to become lifelong learners and to set them and their families on the path to educational and economic success.
This partnership was recently featured in a paper by the Brookings Institute entitled “Using Schools and Clinics as Hubs to Create Healthy Communities: The Example of Briya/Mary’s Center”.
Our educational programs include:
Briya’s Family Literacy Program provides children ages 0 to 12 and their parents with the tools needed to be successful in school and in the workplace.
While parents are in class, their children attend early childhood classes for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. These classes prepare children for kindergarten by developing their language, literacy, cognitive, motor, and social skills.
While their children are in class, parents take lessons on topics including English and computer literacy, job skills, civics and parenting. They learn to complete health, school, and work forms; read medicine labels; ask questions at doctor’s appointments and parent-teacher conferences; understand their children’s report cards; help their children with homework; and much more.
During Parent and Child Together time, or PACT, parents apply language and literacy development techniques studied in parenting classes. They use these techniques with their children at Mary’s Center and at home.
Briya provides training and technical assistance to individuals interested in opening their own licensed child care business, either in the home as a Child Development Home, or in a commercial location as a Child Development Center.
This program includes step-by-step guidance on the complex licensing process, mentoring and coaching to help improve quality, and professional development. We provide support for individual problem solving, interact with agencies on behalf of participants, and help participants prepare for the required inspections.
We have provided services to individuals of all languages and backgrounds, including speakers of Amharic, Arabic, Bengali, Creole, English, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Tigrinya, Turkish, and Vietnamese. Click here to read more.
With Briya’s nationally-recognized Child Development Associate (CDA) credential, graduates become early childhood teachers, home visitors, or operators of a licensed home daycare facility.
Students in the program learn the theories of infant and child development, as well as the indicators of healthy physical, cognitive, linguistic, social, and emotional development.
This class is open to DC residents over 18 years of age and the program is offered in English and Spanish. Click here to read more.
Briya and Mary's Center have partnered and created a Maternal & Childcare Medical Assistant (MA) Program, to train outstanding Medical Assistants to meet the diverse needs of the community.
The 12-15 month program, which begins in August, gives the MA candidates the extensive knowledge and skills necessary to fulfill the MA job responsibilities. The curriculum has 7 modules including Communications & Community Health, Anatomy & Physiology, Health Promotion & Disease, Math & Medications, Lab Medicine, Medical Business Practices, and Medical Law & Ethics.
During class and their internships at the Mary's Center clinics, students develop the lab skills needed to be highly skilled MAs. The final components of the program consist of students completing a 160-hour externship in a clinical setting and taking the Registered Medical Assistant Exam. Click here to read more.