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
- Baltimore City Community Schools - School Health Workgroup
- Baltimore Partnership to End Childhood Hunger
- The Baltimore School Climate Collaborative
- Baltimore City Community Schools Steering Committee
- Local Care Team for Baltimore City
- School Readiness Coalition
- Youth Justice and Equity Council
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Baltimore Community Foundation
American Academy of Pediatrics
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
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.