Collaborating

Family League brings together stakeholders from government, public and private sectors, and the community. We work together toward the common goal of helping all Baltimore families reach their full potential. Our ultimate goal is to reduce duplication of services, ensuring children and families receive enhanced access to resources and that resources are allocated efficiently.

B’MORE FOR HEALTHY BABIES COMMUNITY ADVISORY BOARD
Role: Convener

B’more for Healthy Babies (BHB) is a citywide initiative, led by the Baltimore City Health Department with Family League and HealthCare Access Maryland, to reduce infant mortality and improve the health of mothers and babies. Family League serves as the lead implementation partner of BHB with the initiative focused on two Baltimore neighborhoods, Upton/Druid Heights, and Patterson Park North and East.

BHB is committed to shared decision-making power with people who are most affected by BHB’s work. This commitment led to the formation of the Community Advisory Board (CAB) in 2017. The 14-member board brings a wide range of talents, expertise and life experience to the BHB management structure. CAB members provide guidance and oversight for BHB’s practices and priorities.

BabyStat
Role: Convener

A committee under the B’More for Healthy Babies (BHB) strategy, BabyStat brings together managers from home visiting programs, Maryland State agencies and community organizations involved in perinatal health in Baltimore City. This inter-agency group is chaired by Program Directors at the Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD), Family League of Baltimore (Family League), and HealthCare Access Maryland (HCAM). BabyStat meetings are held once a month and mandatory attendance is required for all BCHD and Family League funded programs.

Using a collective impact model, BHB partners with a wide array of agencies to form a coordinated citywide home visiting system. Home visiting services are provided by multiple partner agencies coordinated by Family League, BCHD, and other partners. Because there are a limited amount of home visiting slots, HCAM acts as the point of centralized intake and uses a carefully researched vulnerability index to assess each woman, identify risk factors, and appropriately triage each high-risk women to the home visiting model that most effectively meets her needs. Depending on the home visiting model, services are provided to pregnant women and their infants until 2 to 3 years of age.

BabyStat’s primary goals are to:

Ensure effective coordination and implementation of a home visiting system, including centralized intake;

Share and review home visiting data; and

Provide resources for linkage and referrals.

BALTIMORE CAMPAIGN FOR GRADE LEVEL READING
Role: Participant

The Baltimore Campaign for Grade Level Reading is a Coalition of 200 non-profits, public agencies, community organizations, service providers and funders all working together to build strategies to ensure all children read well by the time they finish third grade.

BALTIMORE CITY COMMUNITY SCHOOLS STEERING COMMITTEE
Role: Convener

Family League, along with Baltimore City Public Schools (“City Schools”), co-chairs the Community School Steering Committee as a group assembled to oversee the formal designation process, partnership development, conflict resolution and evaluation of Community Schools.

The goal of the Community School Strategy is to ensure all students in City Schools are academically successful, graduate from school and are college, career and citizenship ready. Community Schools create positive conditions for learning in the school and the community in partnership with families.

Community schools embody and incorporate voices of the community- parents, teachers, school-based staff, residents, community associations and other key community stakeholders who all have a shared interest and investment in the well-being of children.

Upcoming Quarterly Community School Steering Committee Meetings

(The meeting originally scheduled for Wednesday, March 4th, will be rescheduled.)
Wednesday, June 10, 2020 | 4:00PM
Wednesday, September 9, 2020 | 4:00PM
Wednesday, December 2, 2020 | 4:00PM

Past Meeting Minutes

Minutes from the September 2019 and postponed December 2019 meetings of the Baltimore City Community Schools Steering Committee will be available soon.

June 20, 2019

December 12, 2018

September 20, 2018

June 21, 2018

BALTIMORE CITY COMPLETE COUNT CENSUS COMMITTEE
Role: Participant

This committee works to implement strategies to ensure that every Baltimore resident is counted to secure the city’s fair share of federal funds for essential programs that cover health care, education, housing, economic development and transportation, and to strengthen our political representation at the state and federal levels.

BALTIMORE CITY FOOD POLICY ACTION COALITION
Role: Participant

Food PAC is coordinated by the Baltimore Food Policy Initiative and is open to all organizations and residents working on food access, local food, urban agriculture, food retail, and/or other relevant food system issues. Meetings provide time for updates, presentations and breakout sessions

As convenor and co-facilitator, Family League collaborates with public agencies, schools and community-based organizations to establish sufficient levels of health and wellness supports for the children and youth of Baltimore.

BALTIMORE PARTNERSHIP TO END CHILDHOOD HUNGER
Role: Convener

In March of 2012, City leaders convened the Baltimore Partnership to End Childhood Hunger (BPECH) to increase participation in federal nutrition assistance programs and decrease childhood hunger in Baltimore City. BPECH targets childhood hunger and nutrition through federal nutrition programs (school meals, meals afterschool and summer meals, SNAP, WIC) and policies aimed at increasing food security in communities.

THE BALTIMORE SCHOOL CLIMATE COLLABORATIVE
Role: Participant

Comprised of over 60-member organizations, the Climate Collaborative works together to advocate for policy and practices that foster school environments where everyone feels safe, supported, respected, attends regularly and engages in learning.

BALTIMORE SUMMER FUNDING COLLABORATIVE
Role: Participant

The Baltimore Summer Funding Collaborative (SFC or the Collaborative) is a partnership between public, private and nonprofit organizations that supports high-quality summer programs serving children and youth from low-income backgrounds in Baltimore City. While each member of of the Collaborative has particular priorities, they all share the same goal: To fund different types of summer programs to keep students engaged and reduce summer learning loss so that more youth can reach their full potential.

BALTIMORE WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT BOARD – YOUTH COMMITTEE
Role: Participant

The Baltimore Workforce Development Board (BWDB) is made up of a majority of business leaders who oversee workforce development in Baltimore City, in conjunction with labor, workforce, education and philanthropy. They partner with a broad array of workforce stakeholders to ensure our combined efforts are well-coordinated, high-quality and impactful for jobseekers and employers. Peruse our site to learn more about current workforce efforts and how you can get involved.

The Youth Committee is focused on improving youth outcomes in the workforce system. The Committee’s efforts support strategies for in-school and out-of-school youth ages 18 to 24.

BLUEPRINT FOR MARYLAND’S FUTURE COALITION
Role: Participant

Coaltion that to monitors and addresses the work of the (Kirwan) Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education, with the goal of ensuring that the 2020 General Assembly adequately and equitably funds public education for all students during the next decade, which includes evidence-based policies and accountability that requires meaningful stakeholder consultation in the decision-making process.

CHILD FATALITY REVIEW
Role: Participant

Collaborative table that brings together city agencies and key experts to review fatalities of Baltimore City children from birth to age 17 to help us understand why children die and how to prevent these tragedies from happening again.

COALITION TO REFORM SCHOOL DISCIPLINE
Role: Participant

The Maryland Coalition to Reform School brings together advocates, service providers, and concerned citizens interested in transforming school discipline practices within Maryland’s public-school systems.

EARLY CHILDHOOD ADVISORY COUNCIL (SCHOOL READINESS COALITION)
Role: Convener

The School Readiness Coalition consists of a group of early childhood partners as well as parent and caregiver advisers who come together regularly to ensure that we work together as effectively as possible to serve Baltimore City families so that their children are ready for school. The School Readiness Coalition also serves as Baltimore City’s Early Childhood Advisory Committee.  The Coalition is currently undertaking a strategic planning process and we will be sharing more information here once that is complete.

Current members of the coalition include representatives from:

Baltimore City Health Department

Baltimore City Public Schools – Office of Early Learning

Baltimore City Child Care Resource Center

Baltimore City Head Start Collaborative

Maryland State Department of Education

Baltimore City Child Care Coalition

Baltimore’s Grade Level Reading Campaign

Maryland Family Network

Housing Authority of Baltimore City

Abell Foundation

Baltimore Community Foundation

American Academy of Pediatrics

Port Discovery

Raising A Reader

Hopkins Center for Communication Programs

Annie E. Casey Foundation

Wright Family Foundation

Behavioral Health Systems Baltimore

Enoch Pratt Public Library
Head Start & Early Head Start

Parent and Caregiver advisers from across Baltimore City

Baltimore’s Promise

FAMILY RECOVERY PROGRAM POLICY COMMITTEE
Role: Participant

The Family Recovery Program’s mission is, “At FRP, we S.E.E. our families.” (Strengthen. Engage. Equip). We strengthen our families by providing them with safe and intensive services. We engage our families in a holistic array of services matched to meet the needs of their family. We equip our families with lifelong strategies assisting them in becoming self-reliant as they embark in a drug and alcohol free lifestyle.

FETAL AND INFANT MORTALITY REVIEW
Role: Participant

Fetal-Infant Mortality Review (FIMR) is an action-oriented community process that continually assesses, monitors, and works to improve service systems and community resources for women, infants, and families in Baltimore City. FIMR is an important part of the B’more for Healthy Babies Initiative because it enables us to identify factors that contribute to poor birth outcomes and monitor the progress of interventions to improve our city’s service systems.

JUDY CENTER STEERING COMMITTEE
Role: Participant

Judy Centers are designed to provide key aspects of development and learning that are the foundation for a child’s school readiness and life-long success. These standards represent the expectations of high quality Judy Center programming. The document was developed to illustrate that there is in fact, strong commonality among the Judy Centers. This was to create a common frame of reference for Judy Center staff to work collaboratively with families to meet expectations for school readiness regardless of the funding stream or program setting.

LOCAL CARE TEAM
Role: Convener

Family League houses the Local Care Team (LCT) manager for the City of Baltimore. LCTs serve as a forum to help families of children with intensive needs receive assistance in identifying potential resources to address those needs. It also facilitates interagency discussions and problem solving for individual child, family, and systemic needs.

MARYLAND ALLIANCE FOR THE POOR
Role: Participant

The Maryland Alliance for the Poor (MAP) is a coalition of service providers, faith groups, and other organizations working together to advocate for statewide public policy and programs that help Marylanders living in or near poverty. Since 1988, MAP has worked to be a voice for the voiceless – speaking out on issues relating to welfare and other income supports, housing and homelessness, energy assistance, food and nutrition, health care, child care – and other issues of importance to Maryland’s most vulnerable residents.

MARYLAND COALITION FOR COMMUNITY SCHOOLS
Role: Participant

Maryland Coalition for Community Schools – MD4CS – is a statewide coalition to advocate for further implementation of the Community Schools model by tracking legislation, designing strategy and communications, and working with policy makers to rethink the educational experience for the state’s youth.

MARYLAND PHILANTHROPY NETWORK EQUITY, DIVERSITY AND INLCUSION COMMITTEE
Role: Participant

The Maryland Philanthropy Network is committed to fulfill its mission by embracing diversity and inclusion and focusing on racial equity in its governance and programs. The Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee (EDI) meets quarterly to infuse Maryland Philanthropy Network’s values of diversity, inclusiveness and respect in our work.

MAYOR’S CALL TO ACTION
Role: Participant

Established in 2017, the Call to Action is an effort to identify and support community-based activities aimed at promoting the development of Baltimore’s children, youth, and families and to reduce violence, especially in those neighborhoods with high levels of violence. The Mayor meets twice a month with community-based organizations to support efforts of community-based organizations and individuals and to facilitate coordination among these organizations and agencies.

NATIONAL CACFP SPONSORS ASSOCIATION
Role: Participant

The National CACFP Sponsors Association serves as a national platform which provides education, support, and resources to organizations who administer the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program to the CACFP community.

PREVENTING SUBSTANCE EXPOSED PREGNANCIES COALITION
Role: Participant

The PSEP Coalition is the arm of B’more for Healthy Babies that addresses behavioral health, pregnancy, and parenting. It is a coalition of providers and policymakers working to prevent substance-exposed pregnancies in the city. The coalition is one of six teams nationally receiving technical assistance from CityMATCH’s Prevention of Substance-Exposed Pregnancies (PSEP) Collaborative

PROMOTING STUDENT RESILIENCY STEERING COMMITTEE
Role: Participant

In collaboration with the Baltimore City Public Schools, Baltimore City Health Department, and the University of Maryland, Baltimore City has created the Promoting Student Resiliency Initiative aimed at prevention of traumas experienced in schools and providing supports for students, staff, and other working with students who have been impacted by trauma. Activities for this Initiative have been funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the Center for Adolescent Health, and other sources.

WORKING MATTERS
Role: Participant

Working Matters is a coalition of more than 160 advocacy, faith, small business, labor, and community organizations that worked together in support of passage of the Healthy Working Families Act (HB1), which now provides access to earned sick days to hundreds of thousands of working Marylanders.

The mission of the Youth Justice and Equity Council (the Council) is to develop and steer the application of a comprehensive framework, action plan, and implementation strategy for juvenile justice reform in Baltimore City. Each of these will reflect the multiple structures with which at-risk and adjudicated youth interface and focus on improving the overall well-being of all youth in Baltimore City, enabling them to take full advantage of their potential. The Council will work to minimize and, where possible, eliminate structural barriers that result in the criminalization and disproportionate detainment of youth of color by advancing an agenda that focuses on prevention, intervention, restorative justice, and reintegration strategies.