Resources and Reminders- April 2021

April is Autism Awareness Month!

All children experience the world differently, and those differences are even greater for children with autism. As a parent or caregiver of a child with autism (or as someone who knows a person with autism), your understanding and support can help ease daily challenges…while celebrating the uniqueness of all children. Check out some of these resources from our friends at Sesame Street in Communities!

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Community School Coordinators

Special shouts out to the Community School Coordinators who took part in the Family Engagement Cohort. The conversation was rich and knowledgeable. I am looking forward to the next meeting and building a sense of community and sharing best practices. 

Special shout out to all the Cohort Leads  Mariel Pfister, Abby Baldwin, Scott Johnson, Liz Obara, Mike Glenwick, Rhonda McKinney, Kenya Smith, Annie Weber, and Magdalena Tsiongas. Thank you for your amazing work! 

OST Site Managers

Props to Susan and Access Art, who have two programs (Youth Assistants, for Grades 6 – 8, and its NEW Young Leaders, for Grades 8 – 12) to support students who are interested in developing leadership and career-focused art skills. These two programs also do an amazing job of promoting youth voice and choice! 

FUNDINGtrackSupport  

Are you struggling with FUNDINGtrackDo you need FUNDINGtrack training? Do you have a question about how to better use FUNDINGtrackIf so, please send a ticket to our Help Desk at support@familyleague.org. Be sure to include your name, organization, role, and best availability for training so we can get you access.  

Site Visits

Site visits and Check-ins will be conducted in the months of April and May. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your Specialist. 

Community Schools

Partnership Trackers 

We are pleased to share with you that David Thomas will be joining Family League on Thursday, April 1. 

David joins us as a Project Manager on the Data & Evaluation Team. David brings to his new role an extensive background in program data analysis and reporting, assessing community needs, and research. David joins us after having worked as an External Evaluator for Morgan State University, where he is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Public Health (Go Bears!)  

Deliverables for FY21 

All Q2 reports should be approved by now. Please make note of the following due dates for the remaining quarterly reports: 

  • Q3 – April 15 
  • Q4 – July 15 

Additionally, all Coordinators must send their support/partnership tracker with each quarterly report. Finally, the leveraged funds tracker is needed with the Q4 report.  

Out-of-School Time

Grants & Contracts 

In an effort to assist partners with submitting the Monthly Data Reports (MDR) by the due dates, Family League has enabled the “Overdue 7 or more Days –MDR” and the “Due within 7 Days – MDR” email alerts. The email messages will be automatically issued to the person assigned to/responsible for completing and submitting the MDR and to the primary contact assigned to the associated contract whenever the MDR is overdue for 7 days or more or the due date for submission of the MDR is within 7 days.     

Please contact FundedPartnerships@familyleague.org If you have any questions, 

Deliverables for FY21 

All Q2 reports should be approved by now. Please make note of the following due dates for the remaining quarterly reports: 

  • Q3 – April 15 
  • Q4 – July 15 

Additionally, OST Site Managers) are needed to send monthly attendance trackers by the 5th of each month. Please email Clint Middleton at cmiddleton@familyleague.org with questions about the attendance trackers. Finally, the leveraged funds tracker is needed with the Q4 report.  

OST Site Managers ONLY:

OST Site Manager Meeting 

Thursday, April 29th, 2021 4 pm-7 pm 

Friday, April 30th, 2021 10 am-12:30 pm 

We have posted several sessions on our community PD calendar. Topics focus on youth voice and choice, fundraising, virtual youth engagement, work-life balance, equity, mental health, and volunteer engagement. To access our community PD calendar, click here. 

From Boys to Men: What You Need to Know About the Development About Adolescent Black Boys
April 9, 2021, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

In Fouquier’s (2009) study of 18 African American women across three generations mothers expressed concern in raising sons and identified the experience as different than raising daughters. In support, Black middle-class mothers in Dow’s (2016) study revealed that mothers were particularly concerned with preventing their sons from being perceived as thugs or criminals. One participant recalls a conversation with her son wherein she was trying to protect him from unnecessary stress and trauma by discouraging him from wearing a hoodie. In other words, while maleness has some connection with privilege, Dow’s research demonstrates how racialized maleness can actually be a ‘symbolic liability’. Drawing on the knowledge and years of research of Black child psychologists such as Jawanza Kunjufu and Amos Wilson, this workshop provides participants with evidence-based tools and proven methods for the successful development of Black adolescent males.

This workshop is perfect for you if: 

  • You work with adolescent Black men
  • You are a non-profit professional who provides services to Black youth
  • You are interested in developing more culturally responsive programming

Yes, And – Using the fun of Improv to Build Community
April 21, 2021, 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Improv comedy is a form of live theater where everything – characters, story, plot, setting, etc – is created at the moment. The building blocks of improv, listening, accepting, contributing, and immediacy are not only useful for the stage, but they are also great tools to exercise for collaboration and community building. In this applied improv workshop, participants will be guided through improv warm-ups and games while building their collaboration skills.

The Effects of Trauma on Children

April 28, 2021, 4:30 PM- 6:30 PM

Studies have shown that trauma and adversity during an individual’s childhood increase the risk for numerous health issues, such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and mental illness in adulthood. Nearly 35 million children in the United States have witnessed or experienced one or more serious types of childhood trauma. Childhood adversity creates a chain of risk factors that has a lifelong impact on the physical and mental health of individuals. This workshop is designed to provide knowledge about trauma, the effects it has on children, and how the effects from trauma manifest into adulthood. The discussion will focus specifically on how early exposure to trauma can create years of health issues for individuals throughout their lives.

During the workshop, participants will:

  • Understand what childhood trauma is
  • Understand the long-term health consequences of childhood trauma
  • Understand the importance of treating childhood trauma as a public health priority
  • Discuss ways to work with children who have experienced adverse childhood trauma

Updates from Annapolis

We are still navigating this virtual session made necessary by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but we have managed to make significant gains over the past two months. Family League is happy to announce that the following bills have made progress, moving one step closer to full passage by crossing over to the opposite Chamber:

  • SB 66: Department of Housing and Community Development – Office of Digital Inclusion – Established (Digital Connectivity Act of 2021)
  • SB 278: State Department of Education and Maryland Department of Health – Maryland School-Based Health Center Standards – Telehealth
  • SB 494: Juveniles Convicted as Adults – Sentencing – Limitations and Reduction (Juvenile Restoration Act)
  • SB 592: State Child Welfare System – Reporting
  • HB 18: Landlord and Tenant – Residential Tenants – Right to Counsel
  • SB 5: Public Health – Implicit Bias Training and the Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities
  • HB 463: Maryland Health Equity Resource Act

Bill Updates and Testimony

Below are bills for which we have provided written testimony to date. Each aligns with one or more of the following Results Areas:

  • Children are Healthy;
  • Children Enter School Ready to Learn;
  • Children are Successful in School;
  • Youth Will Complete School;
  • Families are Safe and Economically Stable; and
  • Communities are Safe for Children, Youth, and Families.
Headings for Priority Areas_Child Care - Pandemic

House Bill 944/Senate Bill 711: Growing Family Child Care Opportunities Pilot Program – Established

This bill would authorize the Maryland State Department of Education to provide grants to local jurisdictions or childcare licensing regions to increase the supply of and ensure sustainability for family childcare providers in areas with above-average rates of poverty and unemployment. Click here to read more information.Below are bills for which we have provided written testimony to date. Each aligns with one or more of the following Results Areas:

Headings for Priority Areas_Economic Security

SB 881: Work Opportunity Tax Credit

Family League had the privilege of testifying on the bill sponsor’s panel for SB881, Work Opportunity Tax Credit. If passed, this bill would allow employers to claim a credit against the State income tax in a certain amount for certain wages paid to certain individuals with barriers to employment; providing that the credit may not exceed 100% of the Federal Work Opportunity Tax Credit claimed by an employer on the employer’s federal income tax return. This is particularly important for Baltimore City as many of its residents – including the formerly incarcerated, youth seeking summer employment, and recipients of supplemental nutrition assistance program (SNAP) benefits – would qualify for this hand up to a better way of life. WOTC joins other workforce programs that incentivize workplace diversity and facilitate access to good jobs for workers. Click here to view the bill and our testimony,  and to follow its progress.

Baltimore City Policy Updates

Violence Prevention Framework and Plan

Last week, Mayor Brandon M. Scott released a draft of his comprehensive public safety plan alongside the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement (MONSE) Director Shantay Jackson and Baltimore City Health Commissioner Letitia Dzirasa.

The Draft Violence Reduction Framework and Plan is available for review at monse.baltimorecity.gov. Residents are encouraged to provide their feedback on the plan on the MONSE webpage or during upcoming feedback sessions on Facebook, which will be scheduled in the near future.

Baltimore Children’s Cabinet Releases 2021 Action Plan

The Baltimore Children’s Cabinet recently released its 2021 Action Plan, a stark picture of the unacceptable odds Baltimore’s children face and a set of concrete actions the Children’s Cabinet will lead to improved outcomes for Baltimore’s nearly 200,000 young residents between the ages of 0 and 24.

Led by the Mayor’s Office of Children & Family Success, the Baltimore Children’s Cabinet brings together City and State agencies, as well as external partners, to align programs and investments for Baltimore City’s children and youth.

The release of the plan follows a year of deep engagement with the community through workgroups, surveys, and town halls — all of which informed the plan’s actions. It also marks unprecedented partnership among Baltimore’s youth-serving agencies and organizations around a single set of priorities and clear actions to advance those priorities.

The Children’s Cabinet has hosted a series of town hall meetings on several of its guiding priorities. The committee focusing on Early Childhood – co-chaired by Family League Chief Program Officer Khalilah Slater Harrington – will host Who’s Watching the Kids? Prioritizing early childhood during COVID-19 & beyond on April 13th at 7 pm. Registration is now open.

Trauma Informed Task Force

On February 16th, Mayor Brandon M. Scott swore in the first members appointed to the Trauma-Informed Care Task Force, a group of twenty-nine people charged with developing a citywide strategy for reducing and addressing trauma in Baltimore City.

The Trauma-Informed Care Task Force was legislated through the Elijah Cummings Healing City Act, sponsored by Councilmember Zeke Cohen, which mandated the training of Baltimore’s agency leadership and employees in trauma-informed practices. The Task Force will create a multi-year strategy to inform city policies and procedures to align with best practices of trauma-informed care.

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Aflac Grantshttps://bit.ly/3a8lDGvThrough Aflac's Charitable Contributions, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations can apply for grants under one of the following areas of need: children and youth, education, environmental, health and human services, civic and community, arts and culture, and minorities. Recent contributions have been awarded to libraries, youth mentorships, foster care centers, public high schools, school districts, and universities. Eligible applicants must not have received funds from the foundation within the last year. Requests are not accepted from individuals, private secondary schools, or religious organizations.
ALDI Smart Kidshttps://bit.ly/2K7723zThrough ALDI Smart Kids, we partner with organizations that make a positive impact on our kids' health and wellness. So, whether your mission is to support kids through education, arts, athletics, or any other program that inspires them to be active and healthy. ALDI says kudos to you and encourages you to apply for support from its Smart Kids program here.
Aquatic Resources Education Grants - Maryland DNR up to $2,500 for a school - rolling deadline https://dnr.maryland.gov/ccs/Pages/ARE-Grants-Introduction.aspxUp to $2,500 for individual schools for learning activities and stewardship projects tied to the curriculum that benefit MD's aquatic resources. Request support for alternative arrangements and platforms for engaging students, such as blended learning comprising a combination of virtual and in-person (at home) learning, including asynchronous student investigations at home or in their community. Support is also offered for professional learning opportunities that enable teachers to transition their aquatic education activities to alternative platforms and settings. More information. 
Baltimore City Community Grants Program from Weinberg Foundationhttps://bit.ly/2RFK08aThe Weinberg Foundation and the Mayor’s Office have partnered to create a funding opportunity for small nonprofits (annual operating budget of $500,000 or less) that provide direct services to low-income individuals and families in Baltimore City. Grants, up to $10,000 per year and for a maximum of one year, will be provided for general operating support, program support, equipment, and capacity building (e.g., evaluation and audit costs).
Baltimore City Community Grants Program from Weinberg Foundation The Weinberg Foundation and the Mayor’s Office have partnered to create a funding opportunity for small nonprofits (annual operating budget of $500,000 or less) that provide direct services to low-income individuals and families in Baltimore City. Grants, up to $10,000 per year and for a maximum of one year, will be provided for general operating support, program support, equipment, and capacity building (e.g., evaluation and audit costs).?Click here for more info. 
Baltimore Community Foundation - School & Community ProjectsRollinghttps://bit.ly/3b4jgFXProposals must demonstrate a partnership between school and community that builds and/or strengthens relationships. Projects BCF will support include, but are not limited to: volunteer projects and/or programs that bring the community into school buildings to participate and engage with the school’s students; efforts outside of the school building that connect students to the residents in the neighborhoods that surround their school; and joint trips, learning events or social activities that foster connection outside of the physical school community.
Baltimore Community Foundation - School & Community Projects https://www.bcf.org/For-Grant-Scholarship-Seekers/Grants#1023341-school--community-projects#1023341-school--community-projects#1023341-school--community-projectsProposals must demonstrate a partnership between school and community that builds and/or strengthens relationships. Projects BCF will support include, but are not limited to: volunteer projects and/or programs that bring the community into school buildings to participate and engage with the school’s students; efforts outside of the school building that connect students to the residents in the neighborhoods that surround their school; and?joint trips, learning events or social activities that foster connection outside of the physical school community. Click here?to learn more.? 
Baltimore Nonprofit Relief Fund Supports 501©3 organizations in Baltimore City with a priority to human services organizations. The fund is designed for reimbursement purposes only.

The full RFP and information about technical assistance can be found?here.
Baltimore Women's Giving Circle12/15/2020BWGC welcomes grant applications from organizations that serve women and their families in Baltimore City and/or Baltimore County. Grants are awarded in amounts up to $25,000. If you would like to be on this RFP mailing list, please send an email request to grants@thebwgc.org?
BGE Corproate Giving ProgramAt any time, you may discuss your project with a BGE Corporate Relations staff member. Please email your contact information and a brief project summary to BGE Contributions and include "Request for Discussion" in the subject line. Do not send a grant proposal with the email. CSR.BGE@bge.com?
BOOST Café's Creative Play Grants (Deadline to Apply: Ongoing) Imagination Playground™ is an innovative design in play equipment that encourages creativity, communication, and collaboration in play. With a collection of custom-designed, oversized blue foam parts, Imagination Playground™ provides a changing array of elements that allow children to turn their playground into a space constantly built and re-built by their imagination.  
BOOST Café's Education and Youth Development and Culture/Civic Programs and Arts Mini-Grants InitiativeRollinghttps://boostcafe.org/grants_and_funding/education-youth-development-culturecivic-programs-arts-mini-grants-initiative/The foundation has focused on supporting programs that serve youth, kindergarten through 12th-grade education, and cultural and civic organizations, as well as local needs in the communities surrounding our offices and manufacturing facilities. 
Dollar General Literacy Foundationhttps://www.dgliteracy.org/grant-programs/Dollar General Literacy Foundation grant programs are available to qualifying organizations in the 44 states where Dollar General stores are located.
They’ve awarded more than $172 million in grants to literacy organizations that have helped more than 11 million individuals learn to read, prepare for the high school equivalency, or learn English. We believe that everyone deserves an equal opportunity to receive a basic education. It’s never too late to learn.
Free Sports Equipment Leveling the Playing Field (LPF) works within the community to collect used and excess sporting equipment so that they can ensure that every kid living in and around the greater Baltimore area can enjoy the benefits of athletic involvement. Their donations benefit Title I/Charter Schools and youth/after-school programs looking to engage their students in the physical and mental benefits of youth sports participation. Click here?to apply for LPF's Equipment Grant. Questions? info@levelingtheplayingfield.org.   
Home Depothttps://thd.co/2wAVF0uThe Foundation offers grant awards up to $5,000 to 501(c)(3) designated organizations (recognized and in good standing with the IRS for a minimum of one year) and tax-exempt public service agencies in the U.S. that are using the power of volunteers to improve the community. Grants are given in the form of The Home Depot gift cards for the purchase of tools, materials or services and are required to be completed within six months of approval date.
Karma for Cara Foundation Youth Volunteer Micro-Grants ($250 -$1,000)July 1st October 1sthttps://karmaforcara.org/microgrant-applicationThe Karma for Cara Foundation has started a micro-grant program to encourage children and youth ages 18 and under to apply for funds between $250 and $1,000 to complete service projects in their communities. Examples of fundable projects include, but are not limited to: turning a vacant lot into a community garden, rebuilding a school playground, or helping senior citizens get their homes ready for winter. Application deadlines are seasonal, and decisions will be made within a month of each deadline.
Mattel and Good360 https://good360.org/faq/Mattel and Good360 are offering In-kind grants of children’s toys and products to USA nonprofits, schools, faith-based, and newly developed organizations. Funding is intended to provide nonprofits with necessary supplies to achieve their mission and help local children (ages 3-12 preferred). Nonprofits may apply to receive donations such as toys, diapers, clothes, mattresses, computers and more. https://good360.org/faq/ 
OOST Café's The Craft Futures Fund (Deadline to Apply: Ongoing) The Craft Futures Fund will fund up to $30,000 each month from May 2020 – October 2020 to support craft-based education projects. These one-time, unrestricted grants of $5,000 will be disbursed to craft-based education projects that envision and build new futures for craft. 
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Polices for Action: Public Policy Research to Advance Racial Equity and Racial Justice
24-Nov-20https://www.rwjf.org/en/library/funding-opportunities/2020/policies-for-action--public-policy-research-to-advance-racial-equity-and-racial-justice.html?rid=0034400001rltOZAAY&et_cid=2263127 The goal of the Policies for Action call for proposals is to build the evidence base about how national, state, and local policies can improve racial equity in health and well-being in the United States. 
The Albertsons Companies Foundation https://albertsonscompaniesfoundation.versaic.com/loginThe Albertsons Companies Foundation is offering grants to USA nonprofit organizations for projects that eradicate childhood hunger. This program seeks organizations working to ensure that every child in the United States has access to a nutritious meal every day. Click here to begin the application. 
The Awesome Foundation https://www.awesomefoundation.org/en/submissions/newThe Awesome Foundation is a global community advancing the interest of awesome in the universe, $1,000 at a time. Each fully autonomous chapter supports awesome projects through micro-grants, usually given out monthly. These micro-grants, $1,000 or the local equivalent, come out of pockets of the chapter's "trustees" and are given on a no-strings-attached basis to people and groups working on awesome projects. Apply for a grant by clicking here: https://www.awesomefoundation.org/en/submissions/new 
The Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation  https://cruisefoundation.wufoo.com/forms/z1awp9ye1x2abw4/Grants ranging from $2,500 to $15,000 to USA nonprofits for programs in education, community development, and public health are available. Funding is intended to support programs for financially disadvantaged populations. Proposals that incorporate partnerships with community groups and local organizations are encouraged. Click here to begin the application. 
The Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation  https://www.drkfoundation.org/apply-for-funding/submit-an-application/The Kaplan Foundation is offering up to $300,000 seed money grants for organizations that want to scale or expand programing. This grant is open for both non-profit and for-profit organizations. Projects must address important social issues at the national or global level. Click here for the application. 
The Ford Motor Company Fund (Ford Fund)https://www.fordfund.org/grantsThe Ford Motor Company Fund (Ford Fund) is offering grants to USA nonprofits for programs and projects related to education, automotive safety, and community needs. Priority is given to the support and development of organizations that promote diversity and inclusion.
The Mockingbird Foundation $10,000 Music Education Granthttps://mbird.org/grants/The Mockingbird Foundation is offering grants ranging from $100 to $10,000 to USA nonprofit organizations and schools for programs that provide music education to children and youth. Organizations that take innovative approaches, operate with a low overhead, and demonstrate collaborative elements in their work are of interest.
Toshiba American Foundation Grant for Elementary Math/Science Teachers Grades K - 5Octobet 1sthttps://bit.ly/3bl03zKK-5 grade teachers are invited to apply on-line for a Toshiba America Foundation grant of not more than $1,000 to help bring an innovative project into their own classroom. With a Toshiba America Foundation grant, elementary teachers can bring their best new teaching ideas to life. Grant applications are due on OCTOBER 1st each year. Applications must be for project-based learning. Any Application received after October 1 will not be considered or retained, but you may submit it again for consideration next year. We do not consider requests for computers, laptops or tablets.
Under ArmorRollinghttps://uagrants.comThe Heart of the School
The Heart of the School Fund is a year-round program delivering grants to Baltimore City Public School principals for school enhancement projects. It provides support in areas such as professional development, musical instruments, new technology, school events, trips, acquiring vital resources, and more. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis at https://uagrants.com/
Verizon Giving and Grantshttps://vz.to/3eoqXIWVerizon provides grants to eligible recipients. Their funding priorities are STEM education for K-12 youth and domestic violence education and prevention for youth, women and older adults. New applications are by invitation only. Contact your local community relations manager for grant info on how to receive an invite.

Each month grants and resources are listed in this section. Some are all year or rolling deadlines and others have a deadline to apply. Please carefully look through this list to find the resources you need. 

Common Good Coaching 

Have you had success building a relationship with your City Council members or getting them engaged in the work at your school? If so, please contact Jennifer McDowell with Common Good Coaching at jennifer@commongoodcoaching.com. Jennifer would like to connect with you for an upcoming policy session. 

COVID-19 Vaccine Information 

Please click here for information on COVID-19 vaccine distribution in Baltimore City. This page is managed by the Baltimore City Health Department and will be updated as information changes.  

Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs 

For all schools and communities serving immigrant populations please use the Cities Bi-weekly update on the office of Immigrant Affairs (MIMA)website at https://mima.baltimorecity.gov/node/18427 

The Baltimore City Children’s Cabinet 

The purpose of the Mayor’s Office of Children and Family Success helps to supply tools of the city government that will improve outcomes for children and families. Information for family aid, community action, energy assistance, and more can be found. Click here 

Early Childhood Development and Education 

The child care scholarship program provides financial assistance with childcare costs to eligible families in Maryland. You can find licensed child care providers for younger children and school-age youth up to age 13—and the state has childcare scholarships to help cover the costs. 

Baltimore City Public Schools and Baltimore City Recreation and Parks will host in-person Student learning center spaces to engage in distance learning for students in grades K – 5. Baltimore City Public Schools are working hard to help families secure the devices and Wi-Fi access students need to fully take part in virtual learning. Find more information on resources click here. 

Herbert J. Hoelter Vocational Training Center 

Supply vocational services and support services to veterans, returning citizens, and economically disadvantaged individuals. Please reach out to ahmad.collick@ncianet.org for more information.  

The Center for Urban Families Programs BOOST 

Free GED prep classes in collaboration with Baltimore City Community College (BCCC). Classes will be offered virtually using Zoom. Interested individuals need to register in advance and take the placement test online (a computer or tablet with Google Chrome will be required for the placement test, but phones can be used for the class). Please note that the assessment test can take up to four hours, so plan accordingly. Contact kwolfson@cfuf.org or call 410 367-5691 for more information.  

Ending the Silence – NAMI Baltimore 

NAMI Baltimore offers free, hour-long Ending the Silence presentations to schools, which help jumpstart conversations about mental health. Interested schools can choose from 1 of 3 presentations tailored to either a parent, staff/faculty or student audience. If you are interested in learning more, please click here for more information, or email Program and Outreach Coordinator Nova Getz at ngetz@namibaltimore.org.  

Library Resources 

Resources are found in this link such as Prenatal Storytime, sidewalk service, and mobile hotspots. In-person services will resume on March 8, 2021 More information can be found at https://www.prattlibrary.org/ 

Masonville Cove virtual field trips for K-12 

Located in South Baltimore, Masonville Cove is the nation’s first Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership, home to a green building nature center and beautiful waterfront public trails. Browse their virtual field trips which cost $50 per class. Topics include Introduction to the Chesapeake Bay Watershed; Roadways to Waterways – Runoff Pollution; Water Quality with Macroinvertebrates; and Critter Encounters. There is also a $250 per class option, plus fees for student activity kits. Contact Valerie Bandell for more information and to schedule.  

National Aquarium in Baltimore – Register now for virtual experiences. 

It is back! The National Aquarium’s Read to Reef book club, in partnership with Enoch Pratt Free Library, begins March 1st. It is simple to take part, Baltimore’s children in 5th grade and younger visit their local library, read five aquatic-related books, and earn FREE admission to the Aquarium! Visit [aqua.org/read] aqua.org/read and enjoy reading!  

As you shore up your plans for the 2020-21 school year, we are pleased to offer an exciting array of education programs to you and your class—virtually! Age-appropriate options are now available for students in grades Pre-K through 12. Maryland public schools that typically enjoy free MSDE Aquarium field trips may enjoy access to our new Maryland: Mountains to the Sea virtual program and our Shark Virtual program is free for the first 2,000 Baltimore City Public Schools or Title 1 school students registered. More information.  

Baltimore Community Tool Bank 

The Baltimore Community ToolBank is a Southwest Baltimore nonprofit that lends tools to communitybased organizations. We also have an environmental education program centered on stormwater management in a hyper-urban setting. Our rain gardens and stormwater factory provide a real-world application of sustainable practices that protect the Chesapeake Bay. Our free virtual field trips can be tailored to any grade level or curriculum and include: 

  • The value of native plants and the harm of non-native plants 
  • The value of pollinators and supplying habitats for them. 
  • The value of repurposing/reusing stormwater and the ecological harm of stormwater runoff in the region. 
  • The value of repurposing usable material and the value of recycling unusable material 
  • Tool literacy demonstrations and activities 

See this video of a field trip at the ToolBank. Contact Tim Sharp to schedule your visit.  

Water Bill Assistance Application in Multiple Languages! 

You can now complete the BH2O water bill assistance applications in dozens of languages by clicking the Google translate “Select Language” icon in the top right corner of the website. 

Charmcare 

Would you like to connect to resources in Baltimore City? Please click the link:  https://www.charmcare.org/ 

Additional Resources around for Food Access 

  • MEALS FOR IN-PERSON LEARNERS: All students who have returned to school buildings for in-person learning will be offered free breakfast, lunch, snack, and supper daily. For students not learning in person, free meals are available at Grab & Go sites. See below/visit www.baltimorecityschools.org/meals for more info on Grab & Go sites. 
  • GRAB & GO MEALS: For students not back in school buildings, our 83 Grab & Go sites continue to serve free meals for students Monday-Friday, 8 am-2 pm. Adults may pick up meals for children and may receive 2 days’ worth of meals (8 meals total/child) per visit. Grab & Go site lists are here and menus are here. 
  • MIXED PRODUCE BOXES: Free 20-25-lb produce boxes are available at 25 of our school meal sites on Thursdays until Spring Break. Produce box site lists are here. These boxes are funded by Baltimore City and free to anyone who visits a site, regardless of whether they have children. 
  • CITY-WIDE RESOURCES: The City of Baltimore continues to coordinate produce box and mixed box distribution city-wide, as well as free home delivery of grocery boxes. All this info is available here. 
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP): For benefits, families may apply here or check eligibility here. Residents may also call the DHS Call Center at 1-800-332-6347 (TTY 1-800-735-2258), from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday. The latest on Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) is available here. 

Carrie Murray Nature Center 

Baltimore City Recreation and Parks’ own Carrie Murray Nature Center in Leakin Park is offering free virtual field trips for students in grades 4 – 8 as part of the Every Kid Outdoors program (formerly Every Kid in a Park). A trip includes a pre-visit video, a live chat with Q&A from student-generated questions, and optional classroom activities. Topics include: Using the Stream ValleyAnimal Adaptations; or a topic of your choice. Contact Sarah Lank to discuss further. And check out other Every Kid Outdoors programs from the National Park Service to Fort McHenry and Hampton National Historic Site.