Oct 1, 2019

Summer Program Success!

Fun in the sun on our playground!
Fun in the sun on our playground!

Thanks to our generous supporters and foundation grants, our I-LEAD Summer Program for Children with Hearing Loss was a great success!

This past July, 15 children ages 5-9 from across the Washington, DC region participated in our Intensive Literacy Enrichment Activities for Diverse Backgrounds (I-LEAD) program free of charge, which also included transportation and meals. During the three week program, each day was full of engaging academic activities, social interactions, creative time, outside play and art projects.

Trainings were also provided to parents/caregivers to help facilitate better interactions with the children and to provide hands-on reading strategies in the home. The children each received a tote bag with 15 books and STEAM-related activities to take home.

The specially designed interventions focused on building vocabulary, reading, writing and communication skills which were embedded in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) activities and themes. A team comprised of speech-language pathologists, a master’s level educator and literacy specialist assessed each student at the beginning, during the program and at the conclusion to determine effectiveness of the program. The final data is still being collected, but initial measures indicate that significant gains were made!

The I-LEAD Summer Program truly helped these deserving children, and we greatly appreciate your contribution which made this program possible. We have already begun planning for an expanded program in summer 2020 so we can support even more children.

Thanks for your ongoing support of Chattering Children and the children we serve!


Chattering Children's I-LEAD Summer Program Team

Working together on science experiments.
Working together on science experiments.
Music and dramatic play with new friends.
Music and dramatic play with new friends.
Small group and personalized instruction
Small group and personalized instruction
Hands-on engineering and building projects
Hands-on engineering and building projects


Jul 3, 2019

Our Summer Program Starts Soon!

Great News! Chattering Children's Summer Program for children with hearing loss will be held July 8-26. We have over 15 children enrolled from underserved areas of the Washington, DC region who will receive literacy and language intervention, bolstering their skills and preparing them to succeed in school.

Thank you to those who have donated and helped make this important program help these deserving children. We need more donations to help offset the cost of transportation for the children whose parents cannot get them to and from camp each day. Being able to participate fully is critical for them to be able to realize the full benefit of this specially designed program. Now is a great time to make a gift to help these children!

Thank you for your support of Chattering Children!

Apr 4, 2019

Our Project is Fully Funded!

Dear Friends,

We are happy to report that our project has been fully funded. We were very fortunate to receive a generous grant from a foundation that completed the funding to purchase an Infant ABR, as well as the other elements of this project.

Thanks to the grant and the support of caring donors like you, we expect to acquire the Infant ABR equipment in the next few weeks. Our staff will then be trained and we will be set to become a Diagnostic Center before the start of summer. In fact, we will be one of only two Centers in Washington, DC that accept Medicaid. We will waste no time getting the word out to agencies, hospitals and doctors so they can refer infants, reducing their wait times for diagnosis and intervention.

We will share success stories of the infants with hearing loss who we are able to help in the coming months. In the meantime, we are getting ready to launch a new project: a summer program for economically disadvantaged and minority children with hearing loss in DC, providing them with intensive language, speech and literacy intervention.

We hope that you can continue to support our efforts to help children with hearing loss reach their full potential.

Thank you on behalf of Chattering Children's clinicians, staff and especially children we serve.

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