Growing to Compete

Northwest Settlement House provides stimulating and nurturing child care services to infants and toddlers ages six weeks to three years. As an intimate organization, our learning center serves no more than 44 families in our daytime program.

In September 2009, our center opened the infant and toddler section to compete with the start of the art providers in the Washington, DC, area. Northwest Settlement House is currently undergoing accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

Our Bright Center

Our center is bright, full of windows, and can be viewed easily from the 7th Street side. Located on the first floor of the Madison Haven Apartments, we're directly across from the Shaw/Howard Metro Station. The entrance to our center is the S Street side.


Our Story

Northwest Settlement House (NWSH) is a success story that has continued for over seventy-five years. It is a story of people helping people to achieve more rewarding and productive lives.

Established in 1934 as an offshoot of the Tuesday Evening Club of Social Workers --- a group of black women organized to extend a helping hand within the Shaw community—Northwest Settlement House has been a highly respected name and constant presence in the neighborhood. It was the site of the District of Columbia’s first Head Start Program and the sponsor of the Shaw Redevelopment project.

Current NWSH
Today, NWSH continues to extend its reach to members of the Shaw community from cradle to senior citizenship with a wide range of educational, social and recreational activities. Our main program areas include Developmental Day Care, Non-Traditional Evening and Weekend Child Care, Senior Outreach, and Family and Community Support.

Mission Statement

At our learning center, we strive to advance the success of children enrolled in our program by partnering with families, professionals, and the community through quality services, training, research, and advocacy. We accomplish our mission within a culture of innovation, collaboration, and shared leadership. Our mission is:

• To Offer Developmentally Appropriate Early Childhood Education Activities
• To Provide Safe, Healthy, Affordable, & Reliable Child Care Options for Working Parents
• To Maintain a Dedicated, Professional Teaching Team Supported by Ongoing Professional Development Training
• To Develop & Maintain Partnerships with Parents, Staff, Community, Local Businesses, & Organizations


Staff Members

Executive Director: Linda T. Jackson 
Staff Accountant: Jean Hansen
Directors of Early Childhood Education: Glendora Queen, Shiffaun Alston
Operations Manager and Volunteer Coordinator: Lauren Jackson

 Board of Directors

Edward W. Norton, President
Rita Parks, Vice President
Ward Barman, Secretary
John M. Pinney, Treasurer
Angela Branch
Don Kursch
Paula Miller
Marsha Middleton
Linda Jackson, Executive Director

 Honorary Members

Mrs. Robert Amory, Jr.
Mr. Julian Bond
Rev. Jerry Moore, Jr.
Mr. Othello Poulard
Ronald Wilmore
In Memoriam: Judge Barrington D. Parker
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