Briya students exceed expectations

Adult Education

Briya’s adult students regularly exceed goals in ESL performance and career readiness, earning the school a Tier 1 designation from the DC Public Charter School Board.

2018 School Quality Report (Adult Education)

Early Childhood Education

Despite entering the program below national averages, Briya’s PreK students consistently meet and exceed academic benchmarks by the end of the school year, ensuring a strong future.

2019 School Quality Report (Early Childhood Education)

Workforce Development

Graduates leave Briya’s Medical Assistant and Child Development Associate programs well-prepared for careers in their fields, setting their families on pathways to economic stability.

Third-Party Studies

Briya featured for its unique success

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Briya’s partnership with Mary’s Center was featured by the Brookings Institution as an outstanding example of the way schools and clinics can collaborate to strengthen communities.

“The combination of a school and clinic that function together as a ‘hub’ to provide health care, social services and education shows promise as a way to help improve social mobility in low-income neighborhoods,” according to the study.

Read the full study here. 

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Briya’s strategies for engaging the parents of dual language learners in their children’s education are highlighted by the New America Foundation.

“[O]ther early education centers should learn from places like Briya … that have intentionally prioritized family engagement and incorporated it as an integral component of their program,” the article states.

Read the full article here.


Briya is profiled by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on their Effective Literacy and Numeracy Practices Database. The database features adult education programs from around the globe with the goal of improving literacy policies and practices.

“Briya is a unique example of how a public school, through strategic partnerships with other community organizations, can serve as the hub of a community, linking together a network of services that builds on the strengths of a community to meet the diverse needs of families,” according to the profile.

Read the full profile here.

Research Base

Ideas that shape Briya’s work

Two-Generation Learning

Two-generation learning, sometimes referred to as family literacy, is rapidly gaining attention as an effective way to build successful, stable families. Thought leaders in education continue to examine the benefits unique to a two-generation approach, identifying gains for both children and parents that extend well beyond the school years. Learn more about the effectiveness of two-generation learning:

“The Two-Generation Approach,” Ascend at the Aspen Institute

“Two-Generation Programs in the Twenty-First Century,” P. Lindsay Chase-Lansdale and Jeanne Brooks-Gunn

Child Development

Over the last 20 years, the body of brain research has grown tremendously, giving us new insight into how rapidly children’s brains develop. This development occurs within the context of warm, responsive relationships at home and at school. For this reason, Briya puts special focus on not just the quality of learning experiences at school, but on helping families build strong parenting skills to extend learning at home. Learn more about child development:

From Neurons to Neighborhoods: The Science of Early Childhood Development.

“Nurturing Brain Development from Birth to Three,” ZERO to THREE 

Briya uses The Creative Curriculum and Teaching Strategies GOLD as its primary curriculum and assessment tools. The following research supports these products:

Teaching Strategies Curriculum Research Overview

Dual-Language Learner Education

In recent years, research has identified important strategies for promoting the success of children who are learning multiple languages. In Briya’s dual-language PreK classes, teachers utilize the latest strategies for dual-language learner instruction to ensure successful outcomes. Learn more about effective approaches for teaching dual-language learners:

“PreK-3rd: Challenging Common Myths about Dual Language Learners,” Linda M. Espinosa

“Better Policies for Dual Language Learners: Bridging Research, Policy, Implementation, and Classroom Practice,” Conor P. Williams

Adult Education

Briya recognizes that adults learn best in a friendly, respectful environment in which they have a level of control over their own learning. Briya uses the national College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education to inform instruction and ensure students are well prepared for future success in the education and work worlds. Monthly professional development also keeps instructors up-to-date on the latest best practices in the field. Learn more about adult education:

College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education 

Return on Early Investment

Research has shown that investing in early childhood development for disadvantaged children through high-quality and comprehensive early learning opportunities provides better education, health, economic, and social outcomes. University of Chicago’s Nobel Prize-winning Professor of Economics James Heckman is widely recognized for the compelling case he built for the strong economic impact of a high-quality early childhood education.  Learn more about return on early investment:

Lessons learned: A review of early childhood development studies

“Presenting the Heckman Equation,” heckmanequation.org

Parent Engagement

Early relationships are especially important for infants and toddlers because strong attachments can help serve as a buffer against the multiple risk factors our youngest students may face. The parenting classes and Parent and Child Together Time that are centerpieces of the Briya model cultivate the skills and capacity of adult students to provide nurturing home environments to ensure lasting success. Learn more about parent engagement:

“Principles of Effective Engagement,” National Association for the Education of Young Children

“Family Engagement, Diverse Families, and Early Childhood Education Programs: An Integrated Review of the Literature,” Linda C. Halgunseth and Amy Peterson.