March 2019 Family League Quarterly Newsletter

We’re just one-third of the way through the 90-Day Legislative Session in Annapolis, and our around-the-clock Public Policy efforts have already resulted in significant movement on our priority bills on maternal and infant health, with hearings on three of the bills Family League has been working on over the past year. In the most recent issue of our Public Policy newsletter, learn about these bills as well as our focus on legislation that ensures Children Enter School Ready to Learn and other Maryland’s Child Well-Being Results Areas.

This just in: Senate Bill 1030 “The Blueprint for Maryland’s Future,” the first bill to emerge from the Kirwan Commission, will have a hearing tomorrow, Wednesday, March 6th at 4:00 pm in the Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee. Check out our one-pager on Kirwan to learn about our priorities and recommendations on the critically important issue.    

We are pleased to announce the promotion of Melissa Moore and Jenee Tucker, former Program Directors of Food Access and Community Schools, respectively, to the newly created positions of Director of Programs. The two, while managing their own distinct portfolios, will work collaboratively to develop and implement the strategic vision of the organization through their stewardship of programs. The elevations were part of a broader departmental restructuring designed to recognize the cross-functional and holistic nature of Family League’s work and incorporate the expertise of multiple teams in addressing the needs of children, families, and communities.
Moore’s portfolio will consist of oversight of Home Visiting, Food Access, Interagency Initiatives, and Local Care Team. Tucker will oversee Community Schools and Out-of-School Time, Expanded Youth Programs, and School Readiness. The two will work collaboratively to develop and implement the strategic vision of the organization through their stewardship of programs with the support of an extensive team of practitioners.
As a result of the restructuring, new opportunities are now available with Family League’s Programs team. They include:
Executive Assistant to the Chief Program Officer
Program Director of Home Visiting
Program Director of Food Access
For more information on these and other opportunities with Family League, visit

Last week, Family League, in conjunction with Mayor Catherine Pugh and the City of Baltimore, awarded more than $1.6 million to 30 community-based organizations as a part of the city’s Expanded Youth Programs initiative. Announced in December, the funds are intended to inject resources into existing programs which have demonstrated the ability to improve outcomes for young people in the area. A portion has been invested in Out-of-School Time (OST) programs serving youth in grades kindergarten through 8th citywide. The remaining investment is prioritized for programs serving older youth. Of the funding available, $440,000 is made available as a result of the Maryland Education Trust Fund – Video Lottery Terminal (VLT) legislation passed in 2007 and specifically designated to serve young people in the Pimlico/Park Heights footprint.
New Requests for Qualifications (RFQ): External Evaluator for Pre-
Kindergarten (Pre-K) Out-of-School (OST)

DEADLINE: March 18th, 2019 at 4:00pm

Family League is seeking an External Evaluator to provide an analysis of its Pre-K OST programming funded through the Maryland State Department of Education. The selected applicant would preferably have a) an existing secure data exchange platform in place such as Dropbox, Sharefile, or similar (or demonstrate ability to obtain one by the start of the project), and b) an existing data sharing agreement with Head Start and/or Baltimore City Public School System to complete data matching (or demonstrate the ability to obtain one by the start of the project).

Family League provides coaching and professional development (PD) focusing on a wide range of topics that move our partners and the community as a whole closer to realizing the vision of a Baltimore where children, youth, and families have the opportunity to thrive. Check out the PD opportunities coming up this month below. Simply click the hyperlinked training date to learn more and register via Learning Stream.