ABOUT US

KCC brings together a diverse community of campers and caring staff to foster an understanding of cultural diversity.

Love

We believe that when children genuinely love and enjoy the education process, they’ll become lifelong learners who develop a natural affection for scholarship.

Embrace

We believe that inspiring children to use their education to celebrate diversity and build character, helps alleviate societal prejudices and misconceptions.

Live

We believe that when children learn about healthy living, they make smart and mindful choices.

AT THE CORE

We Value Love.

As modeled daily by KCC’s mom-team, we treat each child with love and compassion throughout the learning experience as if they are our very own.

Yet, the impact goes beyond delivering phenomenal lesson plans. By intentionally weaving love and learning into every aspect of our programming, education is enjoyable and the bonds between instructors, children, and their peers are ever present.

AT THE CORE

We Embrace All Cultures.

Embrace is defined as “an act of accepting or supporting something willingly or enthusiastically”. When our children understand and appreciate each other, they help make this world better.

KCC embraces cultures from all angles by immersing children into visual and performing arts, math, science, language, technology, cooking, chess, and physical fitness.

AT THE CORE

We Value Mindful Living.

By becoming more conscience of the foods they put in their bodies, their daily physical activity, and the diverse make-up of those around them, children can cultivate a mindset to thrive in tomorrow’s global society.

KCC’s culinary arts classes and cookbook encourage families to live mindfully by introducing unfamiliar cultures by sampling tasty, healthy cuisine, while also utilizing measurements to sharpen math skills.

In addition to our carefully crafted hands-on curriculum, sports played internationally are an integral part of encouraging families to achieve optimal health, while celebrating cultural traditions and differences through physical activity.

MEET OUR FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Jania Otey

Kids and Culture Camp has been a true labor of love since its inception in 2010. Founder & Executive Director Jania Otey’s purpose in founding KCC was to instill an excitement and appreciation for learning about cultures from around the globe in our children, while providing a safe and nurturing environment.

Jania holds a B.A. degree in Political Science and a J.D. degree. She has been practicing law in the private sector for over fifteen years. Although she continues to practice law, Jania devotes most of her time to educating and shaping the hearts of her two young boys, being a wife, working in the church, and mentoring youth.

She also teaches at a home school co-op, organizes classes for children, and teaches children’s Bible classes. Jania is certified in CPR and Basic First Aid and has homeschooled her children since 2005.

Meet Our Founding Mamas

Jamia Eaton

Jamia Eaton

Co-Founder & Deputy Director

KCC has been a blessing to me and my family in so many ways! Most importantly, it has provided a safe environment for my home schooled children to learn and have a ton of fun; as well as, become a critical asset for developing successful tools in social development and advancement as they mature.

Jessica Silva

Jessica Silva

Co-Founder & Education Coordinator

To be a part of this endeavor has been nothing short of inspirational. We started with a collective goal in mind, and through hard work, determination and passion, it has become a reality and it is still going strong!

Oluwatoyin Tella

Oluwatoyin Tella

Co-Founder & Lead Instructor

KCC is embedded in the fabric of my children’s childhood simply because a vision was realized.Our children get to witness their mother’s organize, prepare and implement original ideas, laying the groundwork for future leaders and visionaries.

LaTeisha Williams

LaTeisha Williams

Co-Founder & Supply Coordinator

From the first time I heard the vision of KCC, I absolutely wanted to be involved. To give children fun and meaningful ways to learn about people around the world is an invaluable gift. They quickly discover our similarities truly outweigh our differences.

Adirah Aishet-Tsalmiel

Adirah Aishet-Tsalmiel

Co-Founder & Lead Instructor

KCC has given my family the opportunity to be a part of creating something that you want for your community; it’s for us AND by us. I believe in its power to create global thinkers who recognize the brotherhood and sisterhood that should exist among our people no matter where we are in the world.

Kahlil Kuykendall

Kahlil Kuykendall

Co-Founder & Lead Instructor

KCC is a treasure and has made a tremendous contribution to cultural and global education. Together we planted the seeds of our collective vision for our children’s education and today it has blossomed and grown into our very own global village representing people and cultures worldwide!

Sabrina Boyd

Sabrina Boyd

Co-Founder & Past Deputy Director

KCC gave my children a place to grow in the comfort and confidence of who they were born to be. The rich, creative, fun, and educational curriculum was a bonus! KCC is the best kept secret of Washington, DC. Spread the word!

Jennifer Muhammad

Jennifer Muhammad

Co-Founder & Instructor

KCC has been such a wonderful experience for my family. The reason that we return year after year is because of the awesome mothers and instructors who nurture the children and bring excitement and caring to the summer learning experience!

Zimriyah Moses

Zimriyah Moses

Co-Founder & Past Lead Instructor

KCC has been a valued treasure and delight for my family, it has encouraged a love of geography and travel in my children and family. Being apart of a collective thinking and creating an environment where our children can explore, learn, express themselves while exploring our world has been a gift to me in so many ways.

Jessica Macauley

Jessica Macauley

Co-Founder & Instructor

KCC staff and community partners demonstrate how to acknowledge, appreciate, and engage world culture and our global neighbors. I value my children learning foundational facts as well as developing a fondness and respect for each of the countries they explore.

AVAILABLE NOW! KIDS & CULTURE CAMP COOKBOOK

We're excited to release our new cookbook, "Vegan Cuisines from Around the World". The Kids & Culture Camp Cookbook takes your taste buds on an interactive culinary journey to sample a variety of cuisines from different regions, while offering insight into the history of the dishes and ingredients along the way. The 30 plant-based and dairy-free recipes provided in this cookbook span the Americas, the Caribbean, Islands of the World, African Fare, Asia, and Australia and each recipe is confidently kid-tested and approved.