Family League of Baltimore to invest over $3 million in innovative partnerships to improve outcomes for children and familiesFunds to support secure housing, early childhood learning, and quality afterschool programming
BALTIMORE, Md. – February 23, 2021 – Family League of Baltimore (Family League) today announced its plans to invest more than $3 Million in a package of innovative partnerships to take an important step toward improving outcomes for children and families. The funds were designated by statute to be awarded through the Children’s Cabinet – by way of the Governor’s Office of Crime Prevention, Youth, and Victim Service – to Family League in its role as the Local Management Board for Baltimore City and after approval of an in-depth response to a notice of funds availability.
“Family League is committed to working collaboratively on innovative approaches to improving outcomes for children, youth, and families in the City of Baltimore,” said Demaune Millard, president and CEO. “The Children’s Cabinet funds will allow us to start addressing historic inequity and decades of disinvestment as the root cause of the challenges the City faces.”
The funding will establish new programs and services while also enhancing existing initiatives that support improving outcomes related to Maryland’s Child Well-Being Results. Focus will be placed on ensuring children and youth in Baltimore are healthy, ready to learn and succeed in school, and live in stable, safe, and supportive families and communities. The partnerships will prioritize enhancing the strengths of children, youth, and their families; strengthening community-based networks of recreation and after-school services in all neighborhoods; and, ensuring that children and youth with the highest needs receive maximum benefit from the Fund. Programs include:
Healthy Families America (HFA) Home Visiting Strategy
Family League will invest more than $1.35 million to support an enhancement of its Healthy Families America (HFA) Home Visiting strategy, specifically focusing on the housing needs of home visiting participants. Resources will be made available to all HFA home visiting participants through its partners DRU/Mondawmin (DRUM) Healthy Families, Sinai Hospital, The Family Tree, and the H.O.P.E. Project at Roberta’s House. These funds will enable HFA partners to more comprehensively support a two-generation strategy, ensuring families with the highest needs are able to receive the maximum benefit from HFA programming.
Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY)
- Family League will be investing $122,000 in Baltimore’s early childhood system to enhance the Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) program, an evidence-based approach focused on parent support, kindergarten readiness, and workforce development. The HIPPY program provides parents with the tools to be their child’s first teacher. Once families graduate, parents have the opportunity to become employed home visitors and support new families. This program currently operates in the Park Heights community in northwest Baltimore, one of the communities in which, according to a landscape analysis, “families might be under particular stress in covering the costs of childcare.” Supporting this program, operated by Park Heights Renaissance, enables Family League to bridge its investments in two of Baltimore’s city-wide strategies: B’more for Healthy Babies, which focuses on improving birth and early childhood outcomes, and Baltimore’s Early Childhood Advisory Council, which focuses on supporting student success.
The HIPPY program is a key initiative of the Park Heights Renaissance Master Plan for re-envisioning education opportunity, employment, housing, community outreach, commercial development, and public safety in this community. There are several other education initiatives that Park Heights Renaissance operates, including five Community Schools. Park Heights Renaissance recruits potential participants from the education initiatives it operates and engages in community outreach to identify other potential participants. Programming is voluntary and meant to meet the families where they are.
High School Out-of-School Time (OST) Programming
Family League has awarded more than $460,000 to support high school OST programming operated out of Family League-funded high school Community Schools. A Community School is a set of strategic partnerships that transforms a school into a hub of integrated service delivery, creating one seamless access point to critical supports for children and families. Through the efforts and facilitation of a community-based partner, the Community School Lead Agency, a Community School builds and enhances a network of interventions that seek to support the holistic needs of a child.
Through a competitive Request for Proposals (RFP) process, Family League identified the Y of Central Maryland and the United Way of Central Maryland to deliver quality college and career readiness–focused high school OST programming at five schools. These partners will collaborate with school staff, students, families, and the community on participant recruitment, program design, and implementation. Funding from the State’s Children’s Cabinet will enable Family League to leverage the existing infrastructure of Community Schools, enhance and complement work that is underway, and address a critical priority.
Community-Based Out-of-School Time Programming
Family League is proposing a partnership with Baltimore City Recreation and Parks (BCRP) to invest $1 Million in City’s youth development landscape, a priority across the city, by supporting the layering in quality of community-based Out-of-School Time (OST) programming at sites. BCRP will complement this programming with capacity building and professional development offerings for staff. This work aligns with several strategic priorities BCRP has identified through its recently released strategic plan, #REC2025. This partnership will bolster collaboration between agencies, strengthen the community-based networks of recreation services in particular Baltimore neighborhoods, and enhance existing opportunities available to Baltimore’s young people. Final details are still pending.
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About Family League of Baltimore
Family League of Baltimore (Family League) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and the designated Local Management Board for the City of Baltimore since 1991. In this role, Family League works collaboratively to support data-informed, community-driven solutions that align resources to dismantle the systemic barriers which limit the possibilities for children, families, and communities. In September 2020, the organization released its Community Health Needs Assessment in partnership with Morgan State University School of Community and Health Policy through the support of the Bainum Family Foundation and the Goldseker Foundation. The CHNA has provided the foundation for Family League’s work to develop its three-year strategic plan. For more information, visit Transformation2020.FamilyLeague.org. Join us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.