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The Tax Identification Number for SEEC is 52-1545108.
The center is incorporated in the District of Columbia and licensed by the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs. It is a non-profit organization under Section 501 (c) 3 of the Internal Revenue Code that is operated separately from the Smithsonian Institution.
SEEC will be OPEN if the Federal Government is operating on a regular schedule.
SEEC will be CLOSED if the Federal Government is closed.
SEEC may operate on a LIMITED SCHEDULE when the Federal Government announces unscheduled leave, adjusted home departure, or any other approved late arrivals. Parents will be notified by 6:15 in the morning if SEEC will open late or on time during unscheduled leave. If SEEC opens late we will open at 9:00 a.m. There may alos be times when SEEC will close between 4:00 and 6:00 depending on weather conditions. Parents will be notified by e-mail prior to 3:00 p.m. about closing time for the day. The decision will be based upon weather conditions such as icy roads, snow, or sleet. If parents are uncertain about closing time, it is their responsibility to contact SEEC to confirm closing time or arrive at SEEC by 4:00 p.m.
If the Federal Government announces an early close during the workday, SEEC will remain open for 1 hour beyond the newly determined closing time. During inclement weather, parents should provide contact information to allow easy contact should an early closing arise.
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Diane Homiak Award
As a lasting tribute to the memory of SEEC supporter, parent, and employee Diane Homiak, a fund has been established which will annually recognize the commitment, creativity, and contributions made by a teacher to SEEC. The teacher will be honored at the staff appreciation dinner, held annually in February.
Nomination forms will be available in each center in January. The committee will make its selection and the honoree will be announced at the Staff Appreciation Dinner.
SEEC believes that parents and teachers are partners in the education of children and values input from parents. Part of this effort includes creating an atmosphere in which everyone feels welcome and offering opportunities for the entire SEEC family to contribute to the program's success. Some of these opportunities come through the SEEC Parents' Association.
The mission of the Parents' Association is to support SEEC by providing organizational support, conducting fundraising activities, and facilitating communication. Four elected officers - President, President Elect, Secretary, and Treasurer - provide leadership to the Association; the President and Past President also serve as members of the SEEC Board of Directors.
The Parents' Association also organizes "Classroom Coordinators" who serve in the role of liaison by connecting teachers and parents. They coordinate volunteer activities in their respective classrooms, assist with teacher appreciation events, and provide support for fundraising initiatives.
SEEC's Benefit Auction is the main fundraising activity conducted by the Parents' Association and the single most important source of income for the scholarship program. First held in 1994, it consists of both a silent auction and live auction, and is held each spring in one of the Smithsonian museums. It features unique behind-the-scenes events and activities at the Smithsonian, such as curator-led exhibit or collection tours, tickets to preview receptions and Smithsonian events, lunches with senior officials and museum directors, and special tours of behind-the-scenes areas.
Membership & Leadership Positions
Every parent of a child enrolled in the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center is automatically a member of the Parents' Association and is invited to take an active role in the organization. In addition to the Parents' Association officers, individuals are welcome to run for open board positions during the June election.
2015 - 2016 Parents Association Officers
President: Karen Osborn
Vice President/President-Elect: Margaret Weitekamp
Parent Reps to Board: Chris Wailo
and Laura Hansen
Parents’ Association Board Positions include:
If you are interested in running for a position, please follow the directions outlined in the attached documents and fill out the attached form.