When did the Civic Circle launch?

The Civic Circle received its approval as a 501(c)3 educational nonprofit in November of 2018. We spent our first year getting established as an organization and creating a performing arts program for kids. Our plans for 2019 include piloting our assembly program in one or more Montgomery County schools. If you would like to help with The Civic Circle, please contact Eliza Newlin Carney at ecarney@civiccircle.org.

What is the Civic Circle?

The Civic Circle is a new Silver Spring, Maryland-based nonprofit that sets out to bring civics alive for very young children with music and drama shared in assembly and after-school programs.

Why the Civic Circle?

Americans lack faith in and know little about government institutions and those who represent them.

If we do not introduce children at a young age to the building blocks of civic identity we are missing a key window for passing civic values on to the next generation.

How will it work?

Both assembly and after school programs are be built around a series of civic values, each captured with a single word that grabs the attention of young children: Listen! (civil discourse), Learn! (media literacy), Choose! (voting), etc.