ABOUT US

About the Edward C. Mazique Parent Child Center, Inc.

The Edward C. Mazique Parent Child Center, Inc. (ECMPCC, Inc.), a private, non-profit community-based organization, was established in 1967.

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ABOUT US

About the Edward C. Mazique Parent Child Center, Inc.

 

The Edward C. Mazique Parent Child Center, Inc. (ECMPCC, Inc.), a private, non-profit community-based organization, was established in 1967.

 

Our HistoryOur Team

a pioneer DC center

About Mazique

When Mazique was founded, it was the first and only Parent Child Center in the District of Columbia that provided home-based services to pregnant women and children from birth to age three. Mazique was the first infant center in DC and among the first to serve children with special needs. We continue to be the pioneer Head Start program in the country with a medical clinic as a result of a 20-year partnership with Howard University Hospital Pediatric Residency Program. Mazique is a child development center that assists parents in developing skills, obtaining knowledge and becoming responsible advocates in ways that empower them to successfully promote their children’s growth and development, while simultaneously receiving valuable tools that promote and lead families to complete self-sufficiency.

TIMELINE OF MRS. RUTH ELIZABETH RUCKER

THE HISTORY OF MAZIQUE

Mrs. Ruth Rucker, who was a recent college graduate and mother of three children, had a dream. She wanted to go to work and be successful so that her children would have a better chance in life. While this was a great dream that she wanted to make a reality, it was very difficult at the time to accomplish due to the lack of adequate early learning services in the District. Instead of giving up on her dream, she began to broaden her thinking and considered that she might not be alone in this dilemma. Mrs. Rucker thought about the fact that if she as an educated young mother, did not have adequate child care to support her employment availability, how much greater the plight might be for other parents in her community who did not have the educational background, or support needed to start a career.

In late Summer 1968, Mrs. Rucker’s relocation was selected by UPO (United Planning Organization) to establish DC’s first Parent Child Center (PCC) with a start up grant from the National Office of Economic Opportunity which earlier launched the Head Start Program under President Lyndon Baines Johnson.

To this end, Mrs. Rucker informally did what we would call today, a Community Needs Assessment, and discovered there were many other families who were faced with the same dilemma as her own. Therefore, as she pursued her hopes and dreams, which turned into goals and objectives for her own family, she set out to meet the needs of others. At that time, even facing many obstacles from the political world, as well as the social and working classes, Mrs. Rucker did not take ‘no’ for an answer but continued to pursue her passion. She persevered against all odds as she sought out to live her dreams while helping other mothers do the same.

With some of these very same issues still being faced some 50 years later, Mrs. Rucker was honored by current and former Board Members, Staff, Parents and the community by celebrating the longevity of the agency and the many hours of service she gave to the agency. When asked during the ceremony about her secret of success that lasted over 50 years, Mrs. Rucker responded (in a very soft voice), “the Mazique Center has always put children first, and the staff has continued through the years to always seek to identify and meet the critical needs of the children and families.”

Unfortunately, Mrs. Rucker passed on September 8, 2018. So today, as the Founding Director’s dream lives on, we, the Mazique Team, are very grateful to Mrs. Rucker for her tenacity, bold stand for equality, and for her intentional service towards reaching her goal of empowering families in the District of Columbia through services rendered at the Mazique Centers.

TIMELINE OF MRS. RUTH ELIZABETH RUCKER

THE HISTORY OF MAZIQUE

Mrs. Ruth Rucker, who was a recent college graduate and mother of three children, had a dream. She wanted to go to work and be successful so that her children would have a better chance in life. While this was a great dream that she wanted to make a reality, it was very difficult at the time to accomplish due to the lack of adequate early learning services in the District. Instead of giving up on her dream, she began to broaden her thinking and considered that she might not be alone in this dilemma. Mrs. Rucker thought about the fact that if she as an educated young mother, did not have adequate child care to support her employment availability, how much greater the plight might be for other parents in her community who did not have the educational background, or support needed to start a career.

In late Summer 1968, Mrs. Rucker’s relocation was selected by UPO (United Planning Organization) to establish DC’s first Parent Child Center (PCC) with a start up grant from the National Office of Economic Opportunity which earlier launched the Head Start Program under President Lyndon Baines Johnson.

To this end, Mrs. Rucker informally did what we would call today, a Community Needs Assessment, and discovered there were many other families who were faced with the same dilemma as her own. Therefore, as she pursued her hopes and dreams, which turned into goals and objectives for her own family, she set out to meet the needs of others. At that time, even facing many obstacles from the political world, as well as the social and working classes, Mrs. Rucker did not take ‘no’ for an answer but continued to pursue her passion. She persevered against all odds as she sought out to live her dreams while helping other mothers do the same.

With some of these very same issues still being faced some 50 years later, Mrs. Rucker was honored by current and former Board Members, Staff, Parents and the community by celebrating the longevity of the agency and the many hours of service she gave to the agency. When asked during the ceremony about her secret of success that lasted over 50 years, Mrs. Rucker responded (in a very soft voice), “the Mazique Center has always put children first, and the staff has continued through the years to always seek to identify and meet the critical needs of the children and families.”

Unfortunately, Mrs. Rucker passed on September 8, 2018. So today, as the Founding Director’s dream lives on, we, the Mazique Team, are very grateful to Mrs. Rucker for her tenacity, bold stand for equality, and for her intentional service towards reaching her goal of empowering families in the District of Columbia through services rendered at the Mazique Centers.

A BEACON OF LIGHT
IN THE COMMUNITY

Learn more about Mrs. Ruth Elizabeth Rucker and the history and founding of the Mazique Parent Child Center.

MAZIQUE LEADERS

Our BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 
Mazique has a fully engaged governance structure working collaboratively to improve outcomes for the children and families that we serve.

MAZIQUE LEADERS

Our BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Mazique has a fully engaged governance structure working collaboratively to improve outcomes for the children and families that we serve.

MAZIQUE Leaders

Policy council

 
The Policy Council/Committee serves as a link to the Parent Committees, grantee governing bodies, public and private organizations, and the communities they serve.

MAZIQUE Leaders

Policy council

The Policy Council/Committee serves as a link to the Parent Committees, grantee governing bodies, public and private organizations, and the communities they serve.

MAZIQUE LEADERS

Health Service Advisory Committee

The Health Service Advisory Committee is a group usually composed of local health providers who represent a wide variety of local social services agencies. They include, but are not limited to, pediatricians, nurses, nurse practitioners, dentists, nutritionists, and mental health providers. Our committee meets quarterly to discuss the needs and concerns that involve our children and families daily.

MAZIQUE Leaders

Health Service Advisory Committee

The Health Service Advisory Committee is a group usually composed of local health providers who represent a wide variety of local social services agencies. They include, but are not limited to, pediatricians, nurses, nurse practitioners, dentists, nutritionists, and mental health providers. Our committee meets quarterly to discuss the needs and concerns that involve our children and families daily.

Our TEAM

Administration

Our Administrative Team consists of highly certified and dedicated individuals with the content knowledge and expertise of their respective service areas.

Dr. Campbell

Dr. Campbell

Board Chairman

Almeta R. Keys

Almeta R. Keys

Chief Executive Officer

Angela Bryant

Angela Bryant

Executive Assistant

Terrance Odom

Terrance Odom

Finance Specialist

Gloria Kimaro

Gloria Kimaro

Grants Management Specialist

Karen Jones

Karen Jones

Human Capital Officer/Quality Assurance

Janet Unonu

Janet Unonu

Health and Nutrition Officer

Lettie Williams

Lettie Williams

Teaching and Learning Officer

LaWanne Martin

LaWanne Martin

Family and Community Partnership Manager

Keisha Scott

Keisha Scott

Special Projects/Quality Assurance Specialist

Our TEAM

Administration

Our Administrative Team consists of highly certified and dedicated individuals with the content knowledge and expertise of their respective service areas.

Dr. Campbell

Board Chairman

Angela Bryant

Executive Assistant

Almeta R. Keys

Chief Financial Officer

Gloria Kimaro

Grants Management Specialist

Keisha Scott

Special Projects/Quality Assurance Specialist

Lettie Williams

Teaching and Learning Officer

Janet Unonu

Health and Nutrition Officer

Terrance Odom

Finance Specialist

Karen Jones

Human Capital Officer/Quality Assurance

LaWanne Martin

Family and Community Partnership Manager

Come Join The Mazique Family

Enroll Today

Mazique works to develop authentic and intentional relationships starting with our Family and Community Engagement. Supporting services designed to assist families in the development of immediate and long-term personal and family goals which foster lifelong self-sufficiency are at the forefront of our work with families.

Enroll In Our Program

Come Join The Mazique Family

Enroll Today

 
Mazique works to develop authentic and intentional relationships starting with our Family and Community Engagement. Supporting services designed to assist families in the development of immediate and long-term personal and family goals which foster lifelong self-sufficiency are at the forefront of our work with families.
 

Enroll In Our Program

Contact Us

Telephone: (202) 462-3375

Address: 1719 13th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

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