A.R.E. provides a continuum of care for youth and families from early childhood education programs, services for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD),
residential programs for adjudicated youth, and parenting workshops and training. We also function as a conduit to other agencies that extend the core
services provided by A.R.E., while also operating as an integral agency in several consortiums that serve the children and youth of the District of Columbia.
A.R.E. believes first and foremost, that all youth deserve a safe haven, and our purpose is to be a partner in making the District of Columbia a better place
to live and do business; a place where children, youth and families come first.
Associates for Renewal in Education, Inc. (A.R.E.) has been serving the Washington, D.C. community for over 40 years, 25 of those years under the leadership
and guidance of the late Brenda Strong Nixon. During this time, A.R.E. has grown from its original educational based orientation to becoming a multi-faceted
programming agency that works primarily with at-risk and underserved infants, children, youth, and adults, improving the quality of their lives through intervention,
education, and employment skills training.
A.R.E. was founded in 1971 with the goal of bringing together educational professionals from the public, independent, and parochial school sectors to share
information about current trends in education, as well as to work on improving the quality of education afforded to the residents of the District of
Columbia. Since then, A.R.E. has evolved into a multi-faceted programming agency, and a well-respected member of the District of Columbia's social services
community. In 1980, A.R.E. relocated from Washington D.C.’s downtown commercial district to take up residence in a vacant school building in nearby Northeast
Washington, D.C., eventually moving into the historic John Fox Slater Elementary School Building in the District of Columbia’s North Capitol Community in 1988.
Constructed in 1891, during the time of racial segregation in the United States, the John Fox Slater Elementary School was one of several schools for
African-American youth located in Northwest Washington, D.C. Upon opening, the school was immediately at capacity, and The John Mercer Langston School was
built next door to help ease the overcrowding conditions at Slater. Both schools would operate independently until the late 1910s and at the time were
referred to jointly as Slater-Langston. Today, A.R.E. still remains in the two-story Slater School Building and as of 2013, the building was officially
listed as a historic site by the United States National Register of Historic Places.
To promote the well-being of children, youth, and families of the District of Columbia, and to help them achieve success in education, employment, family, community, and civic roles.