Youth Development

We have taken a comprehensive approach to youth development, realizing that conditions are connected and require a number of different interventions to achieve long-term change and success. 

Our goals are to help families out of poverty and toward living-wage incomes and to prevent young people from living in poverty as adults fostering healthy relationships with their families and positive role models as well as preparing them for success as they enter each new grade level and through out the school year.

Free After School Program

Perry School Community Services Center provides a free After-School and Summer Camp program for children in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, and particularly Wards 5 & 6.More information on the most recent registration period and the program is contacting the Perry Center at (202) 312-7140 or by emailing Activities and programming for children include:

  • Developing nutrition skills through cooking classes;
  • Art projects with mixed media and crafts;
  • Anti-bullying and conflict resolution programs;
  • Homework assistance and cultural enrichment opportunities;

Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY)

Educating Children, Empowering Families, Enriching Communities

The achievement gap appears well before children enter kindergarten. Children who begin school having missed critical early learning opportunities are already at risk for failure in school.


Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY), an evidenced-based early learning program, addresses these issues by supporting parents in their critical role as their child’s first and most influential teachers. In the HIPPY model, peer home visitors deliver 30 weeks of high quality school readiness curriculum directly to parents who then work with their own three, four, and five year-old children. Using the HIPPY books and curriculum, parents spend one-on-one time each day reading books with their children and teaching them school readiness skills.


HIPPY helps parents empower themselves as their children's first teacher by giving them the tools, skills and confidence they need to work with their children in the home. The program was designed to bring families, organizations and communities together and remove any barriers to participation that may include limited financial resources or lack of education.

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Perry Stories

Mary has four children under the age of six. Her husband works occasionally and she works two jobs to contribute to their $13,670 annual income. Her kids are doing well with the HIPPY (Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters) instruction she and her husband provide - they know their letters, numbers, and colors.