November 03, 2011
Mayor Gray to Announce Grand Opening of New Early Stages Center
The new center, operated by DCPS, is the second in the District and will help identify children ages 3-5 in need of special education services.
Mayor Vincent C. Gray and Chancellor Kaya Henderson will announce the grand opening of a new Early Stages intervention diagnostic center that will serve children living in Wards 7 and 8 on Nov. 8 at 9:30 a.m.
The new center, operated by DCPS, is the second in the District and will help identify children ages 3-5 in need of special education services. The first Early Stages center, located at Walker Jones Education Campus in Ward 6, has increased the percentage of children identified for special education services from under 3 percent to over 7 percent and provided evaluations for more than 1,000 children each year.
The new Early Stages center, located on Minnesota Avenue in Northeast, will better serve families in Wards 7 and 8. More than 40 percent of referrals for families seeking to learn more about their children’s development come from families living in Ward 7 (20 percent) and Ward 8 (24 percent).
Mayor Vincent C. Gray
DCPS Chancellor Kaya Henderson
Chief of the Office of Special Education Dr. Nathaniel Beers
Early Stages Executive Director Heather Elliot
State Superintendent Hosanna Mahaley
Deputy Mayor of Education De’Shawn Wright
DC Ward 7 City Councilwoman Yvette Alexander
DC Early Intervention Program Manager Jerri Johnson-Stewart (OSSE)
Early Stages Diagnostic Center
4058 Minnesota Ave. NE
Washington, D.C. 20019