In 2006, a D.C. charter school, now called Briya, was created as an independent entity and key partner of Mary's Center. This partnership allows for expanded literacy and job training offerings.
The Family Literacy Program provides parents and their children ages 0 to 12 with the tools needed to be successful in school and in the workplace. Classes for parents include English and computer literacy, parenting, civics, and job skills.
Parents learn to complete health, school, and work forms; read medicine labels; ask questions at doctor appointments and parent-teacher conferences; understand children's report cards; help their children with homework; and much more.
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.
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.