Children's S.T.E.M. Academies, Inc. (Washington, DC)


  • Name:Mr. Duane Little
  • Title:Executive Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Children's S.T.E.M. Academies, Inc.
  • Address:1832 Taylor Street NW
    Washington, DC 20011
    United States
  • County:DC

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:9732621696

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User Phone

  • Direct phone:(202)829-6589

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  • Mission:
  • Children’s S.T.E.M Academies (CSA) is a 501 ( c ) (3) educational services organization incorporated on May 7, 2014 in Washington, D.C. The mission of CSA is to: a) Enhance the technological literacy of pre-school (three to five years old) children; and b) Provide these children with an introduction to science, technology, engineering, mathematics (“STEM”) concepts, vocabulary, and resources through STEM-based, minds-on, hands-on activities.

  • Overview:
  • The proposed use of funds is for a twelve-month pilot program designed to expand early STEM learning opportunities for African-American boys. Children’s S.T.E.M. Academies, Inc. intends to focus our initial efforts on introducing physical science concepts to our cohort of children using a research based physical science curriculum, Ramps and Pathways. The program will be used by Children’s S.T.E.M. Academies, Inc. to demonstrate to targeted childcare providers and families (early childcare providers and families in DC’s Ward 7 and Ward 8) there is funding support for early STEM learning activities. Funding support from civil society will signal the importance of providing new STEM learning experiences to underserved children that embrace inquiry and engage children in active exploration, investigation and experimentation. Funding for this program will enable participants to experience: rich science curriculum; engagement in constructivist inquiry-based experiences and a wide range of engaging materials. The program will be delivered two (2) days a week for 44 weeks.

    The proposed use of funds demonstrates Children’s S.T.E.M. Academies’ commitment to helping disadvantaged populations (African-American boys) and underserved communities (communities in Washington, DC’s Ward 7 and Ward 8).

    Expense Budget
    Facilitation 2,200.00
    Program space 1,000.00
    Travel 600.00
    Program materials 1,200.00

    Total 5,000.00

  • History:
  • Formally incorporated in the District of Columbia on May 7, 2014, Children’s S.T.E.M. Academies, Inc. was just an idea in the mind of Duane Little, one of the organization’s two co-founders. While teaching in a high-needs K-8 school in the District of Columbia, Duane realized that his middle school students (especially the black males) lacked many of the rudimentary skills needed to learn. Researching the possible causes of these deficits in foundational skills, Mr. Little found the Young Black Male Symposium report, published by the Educational Testing Service, which highlighted the findings of a conference called “A Strong Start: Positioning Black Boys For Educational Success”. This conference was convened to address the achievement gaps of black males in the US and to focus attention on the nation’s estimated 3.5 million black youth, from birth to age nine.

    In 2013, at a seminar on equity in higher education, Mr. Little was again confronted with the truth that for young black males there cannot be “real” equity in higher education if there is no resolution of the issue of achievement gaps, which was addressed in the report mentioned in the previous paragraph. Leaving Salzburg, Austria on a flight back to the US, Mr. Little had time for an extensive discussion with C. Lynn McNair regarding his next steps. Ms. McNair, a senior development executive with Salzburg Global Seminar, was impressed by Mr. Little’s passion related to the actions needed to be undertaken regarding the resolution of the issue of achievement gaps and she offered to help.

    Venable, LLC, Washington, DC selected Children's S.T.E.M. Academies, Inc. as a partner to provide pro bono legal services for the submission of an application to the IRS for the 501 (c)3 tax-exempt determination. Venable has also supported one of its partners' role as a member of CSA's board of directors. The Regents' Center for Early Developmental Education at the University of Northern Iowa, through its director, Dr. Beth Van Meeteren, has supported our choice of Ramps and Pathways as the curriculum we use to engage our cohort of children in early STEM-based activities. We have engaged with AAAS, NSTA and Takoma Children's School, a private prekindergarten that employs the Ramps and Pathways curriculum to discuss establishing a Community of Practice for teachers using R&P to engage their students. The establishment of a STEM learning community of practice fosters and supports the continuation of educators’ professional growth and development in early STEM education beyond the introductory R&P workshop.

  • Year established:2014
  • Endowment:No


  • Executive / Trustee board size:5
  • Advisory board size:
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Board and Executive Names

  • Board Members / Trustees:
  • C. Lynn McNair, Board Chair

    Duane Little,
    Board Member (ex officio)

    Justin Pierce,
    Board Member

    Michelle Fantt-Harris,
    Board Member

    Zenobia Brooks-Hanna,
    Board Member

  • Executive Director / President:
  • Duane Little,
    Executive Director


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:46-4612474

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