The Notre Dame Urban Education Center exists to offer transformative educational programs to individuals and families, providing support, restoring hope, and promoting a fully human life for all. 



because we believe educating for life assists each person to achieve his or her human potential. 




because we believe each person is made in the image of God.


​because we believe in listening to those served regarding their needs.


because we believe that together we will make more of a difference than acting alone.

core values



The staff and volunteers at the Notre Dame Urban Education Center are united in their belief that all children:


  • Have the power to learn

  • Are curious & creative

  • Can succeed

Established in 2009, the Notre Dame Urban Education Center is sponsored by the Sisters of Notre Dame and serves the children of Covington and Northern Kentucky during the school year through individualized tutoring, cultural enrichment including art, music, dance, theater and supervised indoor physical education and recreation.

A multi-week summer program is also offered which includes an emphasis on math and reading skill reinforcement. Each day, the children are provided with a healthy snack either when they arrive after school or during the morning break during the summer session.

The Family Program at NDUEC is held monthly and provides the families of children attending NDUEC with information and immediately applicable life skills to improve family functioning and better support the academic success of their children.

By offering students an extended menu of expanded learning opportunities in a safe, drug-free environment and encouraging student efforts to improve academic achievement while enhancing their physical, mental, and social well-being, we have found that students experience a measurable increase in academic success, grade promotion and visible signs of enhanced self-esteem.

After-School and Summer Program

Modeled on the national evidence-based program 21st Century Community Learning Centers, the Notre Dame Urban Education Center provides a safe nurturing environment in which children are assisted through one-on-one tutoring to meet state and local student standards in core academic subjects such as reading and math. Volunteer tutors spend a minimum of one hour per day working with each child providing homework assistance, reading support, and educational skill building activities.

The program also provides enrichment activities that directly involve each child in art, music, dance, theater and physical education.

The goal of the program is to give each child the personal experience of academic success while also enhancing their self-esteem and helping them to develop the confidence and motivation to learn.

NDUEC offers programming after school from 3:00 to 6:00 pm Monday through Thursday each week during the school year and for four weeks over the summer from 9:00 am to Noon four days a week.

Each day, after enjoying a healthy snack, children benefit from one hour of tutoring and academic support, one hour of art and cultural enrichment, and one hour of physical education and creative play.

Individualized Tutoring

  • Homework Assistance
  • Math Drills
  • Reading Support
  • Educational Skill Building Activities
  • Individual Tutoring 1 Hour per Day per Child
  • Mutually Beneficial Mentoring Relationships

Academic Support

  • Library Skills
  • Computer Technology Skills
  • Nutritious Snacks Provided Daily

Arts and Cultural Enrichment

  • Fine Arts and Crafts
  • Drama
  • Music - Guitar and Keyboard Lessons
  • Collaborative Programming with The Carnegie and the Taft Museum of Art

Physical Education

  • Child-Sized Fitness Equipment
  • Indoor Basketball
  • Wii Sports and Games
  • Team Building Activities
  • Creative Play

Family Program at NDUEC

In keeping with the broader vision to strengthen families, the Family Program at NDUEC was launched in February 2013. The goal of the Family Program is to provide support, life-skills training on a variety of topics, and coaching on how parents can more effectively support the academic success of their children. Improved family functioning and positive involvement with their children lead to better childhood outcomes.


Monthly Education & Support Sessions

  •      Budgeting
  •      Nutritious and Budget Friendly Meal Planning
  •      How to Provide Homework Help
  • ​     Affordable Activities for the Holidays
  •      How to Prepare Your Taxes
  •      Credit
  •      A Positive Approach to Discipline
  •      Stretching Your Food Dollars

Family Dinner

Onsite Childcare and Education Activities

Incentives and Door Prizes