Stevens Early Learning Center

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DCPS reopened the historic Thaddeus Stevens School building last year, School Year 2020-2021, as its first citywide, standalone Early Learning Center. Learn more about our school, new building, Creative Curriculum, and CentroNia infant and toddler partnership in our Stevens Resource Packet!

Check out all our upcoming virtual Open House dates!

  • Thursday, April 8th- 12:30-1:15 PM

  • Wednesday, April 21st- 5:30-6:15 PM

  • Wednesday, April 28th- 12:15-1:00 PM

  • Saturday, May 15th- 10:00-10:45 AM

  • Monday, May 24th- 5:30- 6:15 PM

  • Wednesday June 9th- 12:15- 1:00 PM

  • Monday, June 21st- 5:30- 6:15 PM

Want to be added to the Open House invite? Contact us at (202) 698-0677 or and let us know which date!

Updates & Parent Resources

Previous Virtual Engagement Events:

Need Help with enrollment? Click on the helpful link below to help you get started on the enrollment process!

Principal Amelia Hunt

Stevens ELC Highlights

  • Citywide, no boundary

  • Address: 1050 21st Street NW. Ward 2 - West End neighborhood. Newly modernized building with LEED Gold certification.

  • School Times: 8:45 AM - 3:15 PM

  • Metro stations: Farragut West, Farragut North, Foggy Bottom

  • Priority preference for at-risk families (see below for more info)

  • Co-locating with CentroNía as our infant and toddler provider: Accepting students ages 6 weeks - 3 years old.

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Classroom Overview

  • 5 DCPS general education PK3 and PK4 classrooms;

  • 3 DCPS self-contained special education classrooms to serve early childhood students;

  • 4 CentroNía infant and toddler classrooms serving 6 week –3 year-olds. (Tentative opening date for CentroNia: Spring 2021)

Device distribution for school opening!

Admissions Process

At Stevens ELC, the MSDC Priority Seat Preference for at-risk families is available to help build a socioeconomic school community. All PK3 and PK4 applicants will need to apply through the My School DC lottery

  • The Priority Seat Preference applies to at-risk families that identify as homeless, in the District’s foster care system, receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) as measured after April 1, 2019. See MSDC key terms here for full definition. Not sure if you qualify for the Priority Seat? Call Stevens at (202) 698 - 0677 to find out!

  • See below for CentroNía's separate admissions process.

CentroNía Overview

Application now open: Register here. Our site name is DC - Stevens ELC.

CentroNía admissions is separate from the My School DC lottery. Seats are available for students ages 6 weeks - 3 years old. They are accepting the OSSE childcare voucher and tuition will be on a sliding scale based on family's income. CentroNía is a nationally recognized, award-winning multi-site educational organization serving primarily low-income, working families. It provides affordable, high quality early childhood education; professional development to educators; and family support services in a bilingual and multicultural environment. Our holistic approach ensures that the children and families we serve receive the support and encouragement they need to succeed academically, develop a strong sense of community, and live healthy and active lives. This includes an award-winning Food & Wellness Department that provides healthy meals for CentroNía’s community, and encourages children, parents, and staff to adopt healthy lifestyles by making informed food choices. View their new video in English and Spanish to learn more! Also check out their new health protocol video.