We support children and young adults with high-quality learning experiences that help them thrive from cradle to career. Martha’s Table is committed to ensuring that every child enrolled in our education program is strong by age eight – the age at which children transition from learning to read to reading to learn — and beyond. We offer nationally accredited early childhood education, after school enrichment programs, and college and career readiness training to promote lifelong success.


  • Early Childhood Education
    6 weeks - 4 years old

    Martha’s Table offers a nationally accredited year-round, all-day early childhood education program for students 6 weeks to 4 years of age. The full-day program runs year-round at our two locations: The Commons (Southeast D.C.) and The Maycroft (Northwest D.C.). Our teachers focus on whole child development (physical, cognitive, and social-emotional development) to ensure children are on track and ready to learn in kindergarten and beyond.

    Pre-K at The Commons offers your child, small classroom sizes and individualized lesson plans. Our program runs all year for children ages 3-4. We focus on school readiness, using the DC Common Core Curriculum, ensuring your child will be ready for Kindergarten!

    All our enrolled families receive:

    • Quick and flexible services, such as weekly food, diapers, clothing at no cost, and referrals.
    • Connections to resources like legal support, healthcare, adult and youth education, children’s college savings accounts, and more!
    • Learning opportunities to strengthen parenting skills, find new mentors and socialize with other families.
    • Programming to improve physical and emotional wellness and address mental health needs.

    Additionally, all eligible families can enroll in the THRIVE Program:

    • Direct cash assistance for families
    • Weekly groceries and monthly household cleaning supplies
    • Assistance navigating public and private resources

    Our education program has an open, non-discriminatory enrollment policy. For information about enrollment in our early childhood education program, please contact educationprograms@marthastable.org.




  • Urban Alliance Partnership
    High school students

    To support older youth, we have deeply co-invested in and partnered with Urban Alliance’s workforce readiness training program, which supports over 300 high school students in Wards 7 and 8. Students participate in regular job training workshops starting their freshman year. By senior year, they are placed in 9-month, paid professional internships.

    Learn more about Urban Alliance
  • Accreditation

    Martha’s Table’s early childhood education program is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and is licensed by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) for the District of Columbia. Martha’s Table’s quality programming is ensured through regular inspections. Our standards for national accreditation far exceed state licensing qualifications, and OSSE recognizes our program as an exemplary “Gold Tier” program. More recently, OSSE has launched Capital Quality, DC’s enhanced Quality Rating Improvement System (QRIS) that measures and communicates program quality in licensed child care facilities. The Capital Quality designations are High Quality, Quality, Progressing or Developing, and Martha’s Table early childhood education is currently in the process of being rated for its Capital Quality designation.

    Martha’s Table Scholars Enrichment Program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA). This accreditation is recognition of meeting high measurable standards of quality in programs serving children and youth. Martha’s Table is one of only two after-school programs in Washington, DC to hold this distinction


    Martha’s Table is a committed partner with the Learn24 network, working to enhance the lives of youth in the Nation’s Capital.



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Mireille Lopez Humes

Deputy Chief Program Officer
Mireille is the Deputy Chief Program Officer at Martha’s Table, where she leads all education and healthy eating initiatives. As…

Beatriz Barros

Director, Early Childhood Education at The Maycroft
Beatriz Barros is the Director of Early Childhood Education at The Maycroft, Martha’s Table’s location in Northwest DC. She has…

Eman El-Kabli

Assistant Director of Commons Education

Becky Marquez

Assistant Director of Academic Quality

Yasmin Shaffi

Director, Education Programs at The Commons
Yasmin Shaffi is the Director of Education Programs at The Commons, where she leads Early Childhood Education. Yasmin has over…

Sylvia Alston

Assistant Director of Maycroft Education
Sylvia has been working in the education field since 1998; first as a student in a work-study program then as…


We are proud to partner with several community organizations that help strengthen and complement our education programs.


The teachers at Martha’s Table go above and beyond. They’ve helped me transition Zayli to her own bed, helped get her potty trained, and even helped me work out academic and professional goals for myself. Zayli’s teachers keep me informed and up-to-date on her educational and socio-emotional development. She plays well with other children, but she’s also very independent. She knows how to tie her shoes now. I once went to help her and she told me, ‘No mommy, I got it.’