COVID-19 Response

Family League understands the concern and uncertainty our partners and the communities they serve may be experiencing regarding the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Please know your health, safety, and well-being are our greatest concern.

In accordance with guidance issued by Baltimore City Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young, Family League’s staff has activate its mandated teleworking policy until further notice. As a result, we have suspended in-office services until further notice. Visit our staff directory for a list of team members and their email addresses.

We have set up this page to house updates, general guidance documents, and answers to frequently asked questions regarding the virus’s effects on our programs and services.

For general guidance on the city’s response to the situation, please visit the following Websites and social media platforms:

Baltimore City COVID-19 Response
coronavirus.baltimorecity.gov
Twitter: @mayorbcyoung
@BMore_Healthy

Baltimore City Public Schools
www.baltimorecityschools.org/health-updates
Twitter: @BaltCitySchools

Updated on April 30, 2020

COVID19 Dashboard

Click to view full dashboard with current data.

Updated April 20, 2020

Baltimore City News Updates & Executive Orders

April 17, 2020: Executive Order Regarding Facial Coverings

State of Maryland COVID-19 Interpretive Guidances
  • COVID19-01 – Malls, Food Courts and Trucks, Clubs, Funerals, Barbers, etc.
  • COVID19-02 – Update to COVID19-01, Physical Therapists, Convenience Stores
  • COVID19-03 – Grocery, Pharmacy and Health Care Establishments in Malls
  • COVID19-04 – Businesses That May Remain Open
  • COVID19-05 – Additional Businesses That May Remain Open, Guidance for Retail
  • COVID19-06 – Additional Businesses, Staff Access for Non-Essential Businesses
  • COVID19-07  – Stay At Home Order, Curbside Pickup, Campgrounds
  • COVID19-08 – Employer Documentation, Clergy, In-Home Child and Elder Care
  • COVID19-09 – Guidance for Religious Facilities and Clergy
  • COVID19-10 – Training for First Responders, Custody and Visitation
  • COVID19-11 – Guidance for Barber Shops and Salons
State of Maryland Executive Orders Currently in Effect
Emergency Meals for Children and Youth

Updated April 29, 2020

Family League recognizes that Food Access is one of the most critical points of vulnerability children and families will experience during this time. We are partnering with the Mayor’s Office of Children and Family Success, Baltimore City Department of Housing and Community Development, the Housing Authority of Baltimore City, and Baltimore City Recreation and Parks, and Baltimore City Schools to provide grab-and-go meals for children and youth. The types and hours of meal distribution vary by location and can be found in the list below.

You can contact 3-1-1 for more information or direct questions to childrenandfamilysuccess@baltimorecity.gov.

Please note: The meal site location at Carroll F. Cook Recreation Center is temporarily closed.

Search or sort by Site Type or Name, Address, ZIP Code, and Times and Meals available.
Site TypeSiteAddressZIP CodeTimes & Meals Served
Community LocationsBreath of God141 S. Clinton Street2122411am - 2pm (Breakfast & Lunch)
Community LocationsCity of Refuge Baltimore901 Pontiac Avenue2122510 am - 12 pm (Breakfast & Lunch)
Community LocationsEasterwood1530 North Bentalou212162pm - 6pm (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & Snack)
Community LocationsLiberty Rec and Tech Center3901 Maine Avenue21207Mon. - Sun. 9am - 12pm (Breakfast & Lunch)
Community LocationsNazarene Baptist Church1201 Harford Avenue2120210am - 12pm (Breakfast & Lunch)
Community LocationsSt. Veronica's2920 Joseph Avenue2122510am - 12pm (Breakfast & Lunch)
Community LocationsGreater St. John1806 N. Patterson Park2121310am - 2pm (Breakfast & Lunch
Community LocationsBuilding Blocks Learning & Developmet Center501 E. Patapsco Avenue212253:30pm - 6pm (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & Snack)
Community LocationsBrooklyn O'Malley B&G Club3560 3rd Street212258:30am - 9:30am (Breakfast), 11:30am - 1:30pm (Lunch)
Community LocationsSisters Saving the City4236 Pimlico Road212154pm - 4:30pm (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & Snack)
Community LocationsJOY Baltimore2530 North Charles Street21218Mon. - Sun., 10am (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Snack)
Community LocationsHarbel Community Organization5807 Harford Road21214Wed. & Fri., 3pm (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Snack)
Community LocationsThe Victorious Ministries4613 York Road21212Mon. - Fri., 10am (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & Snack)
Community LocationsEmpowerment Temple4217 Primrose Avenue21215Mon. and Wed., 9am, (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner + Snack)
Community LocationsJulie Community Center100 S. Washington Street21231Mon., Wed., Fri., 11am - 12pm, (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner + Snack)
Community LocationsNo One Left Unhelped, Inc.1911 North Payson Street21217Mon. - Fri. 12:30pm
Mobile Meal StopsO'Donnell Heights1200 Gusryan Street212249:40am - 10:10am (Breakfast)/2:10 - 2:40pm (Lunch)
Mobile Meal StopsSoutheastern CAP Center3411 Bank Street2122410:20am - 10:50am (Breakfast)/2:50pm - 3:20 pm (Lunch)
Mobile Meal StopsPoe Homes800 W. Lexington Street212014pm - 4:45pm (Breakfast & Lunch)
Mobile Meal StopsLatrobe Homes900 E. Madison Street212023pm - 3:45pm (Breakfast & Lunch)
Mobile Meal Stops3000 E. Madison Street212058am - 8:30am (Breakfast)/12-12:30pm (Lunch)
Mobile Meal Stops2401 Belair Road212139:20am - 9:50am (Breakfast)/1:20pm - 1:50pm (Lunch)
Mobile Meal Stops4400 Parkside Drive2120610am- 10:30am (Breakfast)/2pm - 2:30pm (Lunch)
Mobile Meal Stops3910 Barrington Road2120710am - 10:30am (Breakfast)/2pm - 2:30pm (Lunch)
Mobile Meal Stops5032 Gwynn Oak Avenue2120710:40am - 11:10am (Breakfast)/2:40pm - 3:10pm (Lunch)
Mobile Meal Stops3939 Reisterstown Road212159:20am - 9:50am (Breakfast)/1:20pm - 1:50pm (Lunch)
Mobile Meal Stops1600 N. Dukeland Street212168am - 8:30am (Breakfast)/12pm - 12:30pm (Lunch)
Mobile Meal StopsMcCullough Homes501 Dolphin Street212171pm - 1:45pm (Breakfast & Lunch)
Mobile Meal Stops3400 Ellerslie Avenue2121810:40am - 11:10am (Breakfast)/2:40-3:10pm (Lunch)
Mobile Meal Stops425 N. Chester Street212318:40 - 9:10 am (Breakfast)/12:40 - 1:10 pm (Lunch)
Mobile Meal StopsDouglass Homes1500 E. Lexington Street212312pm - 2:45pm (Breakfast & Lunch)
Mobile Meal StopsPerkins Homes215 S. Caroline Street2123111-11:30 am (Breakfast)/3:30-4pm (Lunch)
Mobile Meal StopsBrooklyn Homes4140 10th Street212258am-8:30am (Breakfast), 12:30pm - 1pm (Lunch)
Mobile Meal StopsWestport Homes2343 Norfolk Street212208:40am - 9:10am (Breakfast), 1:10pm - 1:40pm (Lunch)
Mobile Meal StopsCherry Hill Homes2700 Spelman Road2122512pm-12:45pm
Recreation CenterBentalou220 North Bentalou Street21223M-F:12pm - 6pm/Sa & Su: 12pm - 4pm Breakfast & Lunch
Recreation CenterCallowhill Aquatic Center2821 Oakley Avenue21215M-F:12pm - 6pm/Sa & Su: 12pm - 4pm Breakfast & Lunch
Recreation CenterCarroll F. Cook5061 Eager Street21205M-F:12pm - 6pm/Sa & Su: 12pm - 4pm Breakfast & Lunch
Recreation CenterCC Jackson4910 Park Heights Avenue21205M-F:12pm - 6pm/Sa & Su: 12pm - 4pm Breakfast & Lunch
Recreation CenterCecil Kirk900 East 22nd Street21218M-F:12pm - 6pm/Sa & Su: 12pm - 4pm Breakfast & Lunch
Recreation CenterCherry Hill Aquatic Center (Middle Branch)2601 Giles Road21225M-F:12pm - 6pm/Sa & Su: 12pm - 4pm Breakfast & Lunch
Recreation CenterChick Webb623 Eden Street21205M-F:12pm - 6pm/Sa & Su: 12pm - 4pm Breakfast & Lunch
Recreation CenterColdstream1401 Fillmore Street21218M-F:12pm - 6pm/Sa & Su: 12pm - 4pm Breakfast & Lunch
Recreation CenterCollington Square1409 Collington Avenue21213M-F:12pm - 6pm/Sa & Su: 12pm - 4pm Breakfast & Lunch
Recreation CenterCrispus Attucks1601 West Madison Street21217M-F:12pm - 6pm/Sa & Su: 12pm - 4pm Breakfast & Lunch
Recreation CenterCurtis Bay1630 Filbert Street21226M-F:12pm - 6pm/Sa & Su: 12pm - 4pm Breakfast & Lunch
Recreation CenterDewees5501 Ivanhoe Avenue21212M-F:12pm - 6pm/Sa & Su: 12pm - 4pm Breakfast & Lunch
Recreation CenterEdgewood-Lyndhurst835 Allendale Street21229M-F:12pm - 6pm/Sa & Su: 12pm - 4pm Breakfast & Lunch
Recreation CenterElla Bailey100 East Heath Street21230M-F:12pm - 6pm/Sa & Su: 12pm - 4pm Breakfast & Lunch
Recreation CenterFarring-Baybrook4501 Farring Court21225M-F:12pm - 6pm/Sa & Su: 12pm - 4pm Breakfast & Lunch
Recreation CenterFred B. Leidig301 S. Beechfield Avenue21229M-F:12pm - 6pm/Sa & Su: 12pm - 4pm Breakfast & Lunch
Recreation CenterGardenville4517 Hazelwood Avenue21206M-F:12pm - 6pm/Sa & Su: 12pm - 4pm Breakfast & Lunch
Recreation CenterGreenmount2304 Greenmount Avenue21218M-F:12pm - 6pm/Sa & Su: 12pm - 4pm Breakfast & Lunch
Recreation CenterHarlem Park700 North Calhoun Street21217M-F:12pm - 6pm/Sa & Su: 12pm - 4pm Breakfast & Lunch
Recreation CenterHerring Run5001 Sinclair Lane21206M-F:12pm - 6pm/Sa & Su: 12pm - 4pm Breakfast & Lunch
Recreation CenterJames D. Gross4600 Lanier Avenue21216M-F:12pm - 6pm/Sa & Su: 12pm - 4pm Breakfast & Lunch
Recreation CenterJames McHenry911 Hollins Street21223M-F:12pm - 6pm/Sa & Su: 12pm - 4pm Breakfast & Lunch
Recreation CenterLakeland2921 Stranden Road21230M-F:12pm - 6pm/Sa & Su: 12pm - 4pm Breakfast & Lunch
Recreation CenterLillian Jones1310 North Stricker Street21217M-F:12pm - 6pm/Sa & Su: 12pm - 4pm Breakfast & Lunch
Recreation CenterLocust Point1627 Fort Avenue21230M-F:12pm - 6pm/Sa & Su: 12pm - 4pm Breakfast & Lunch
Recreation CenterMadison Square1401 Biddle Street21213M-F:12pm - 6pm/Sa & Su: 12pm - 4pm Breakfast & Lunch
Recreation CenterMary Rodman3600 Mulberry Street21229M-F:12pm - 6pm/Sa & Su: 12pm - 4pm Breakfast & Lunch
Recreation CenterMedfield1501 Woodheights Avenue21211M-F:12pm - 6pm/Sa & Su: 12pm - 4pm Breakfast & Lunch
Recreation CenterMora Crossman Recreation Center6200 East Pratt Street21224M-F:12pm - 6pm/Sa & Su: 12pm - 4pm Breakfast & Lunch
Recreation CenterMorrell Park2651 Tolley Street21230M-F:12pm - 6pm/Sa & Su: 12pm - 4pm Breakfast & Lunch
Recreation CenterMount Royal120 West Mosher Street21217M-F:12pm - 6pm/Sa & Su: 12pm - 4pm Breakfast & Lunch
Recreation CenterNorthwood1517 Winford Road21239M-F:12pm - 6pm/Sa & Su: 12pm - 4pm Breakfast & Lunch
Recreation CenterOliver1600 North Spring Street21213M-F:12pm - 6pm/Sa & Su: 12pm - 4pm Breakfast & Lunch
Recreation CenterParkview2610 Francis Street21217M-F:12pm - 6pm/Sa & Su: 12pm - 4pm Breakfast & Lunch
Recreation CenterPatapsco844 Roundview Road21225M-F:12pm - 6pm/Sa & Su: 12pm - 4pm Breakfast & Lunch
Recreation CenterRita Church2101 Saint Lo Drive21213M-F:12pm - 6pm/Sa & Su: 12pm - 4pm Breakfast & Lunch
Recreation CenterRobert C. Marshall Recreation Center1201 Pennsylvania Ave.21217M-F:12pm - 6pm/Sa & Su: 12pm - 4pm Breakfast & Lunch
Recreation CenterRoosevelt1221 West 36th Street21211M-F:12pm - 6pm/Sa & Su: 12pm - 4pm Breakfast & Lunch
Recreation CenterSamuel F.B. Morse424 Pulaski Street21223M-F:12pm - 6pm/Sa & Su: 12pm - 4pm Breakfast & Lunch
Recreation CenterSolo Gibbs1044 Leadenhall Street21230M-F:12pm - 6pm/Sa & Su: 12pm - 4pm Breakfast & Lunch
Recreation CenterVirginia S. Baker @ Patterson Park Recreation Center2601 East Baltimore Street21224M-F:12pm - 6pm/Sa & Su: 12pm - 4pm Breakfast & Lunch
Recreation CenterWoodhome7310 Moyer Avenue21234M-F:12pm - 6pm/Sa & Su: 12pm - 4pm Breakfast & Lunch
School Meal SitesHolabird Elementary/Middle School1500 Imla Street2122410am - 2pm
School Meal SitesJohn Ruhrah Elementary/Middle School701 Rappolla Street2122410am - 2pm
School Meal SitesCity Neighbors Hamilton5609 Sefton Avenue2121410am - 2pm
School Meal SitesYorkwood Elementary School5931 Yorkwood Road2123910am - 2pm
School Meal SitesSinclair Lane Elementary School3880 Sinclair Lane2121310am - 2pm
School Meal SitesDorothy I. Height Elementary School2011 Linden Avenue2121710am - 2pm
School Meal SitesPaul Laurence Dunbar High School1400 Orleans Street2123110am - 2pm
School Meal SitesSandtown-Winchester Achievement Academy701 Gold Street2121710am - 2pm
School Meal SitesAlexander Hamilton Elementary School800 Poplar Grove Street2121610am - 2pm
School Meal SitesMaree G. Farring Elementary/Middle School300 Pontiac Avenue2122510am - 2pm
School Meal SitesLakeland Elementary/Middle School2921 Stranden Road2123010am - 2pm
School Meal SitesThe Historic Cherry Hill Elementary/Middle School801 Bridgeview Road2122510am - 2pm
School Meal SitesPimlico Elementary/Middle School4849 Pimlico Road2121510am - 2pm
School Meal SitesGwynns Falls Elementary School2700 Gwynns Falls Parkway2121610am - 2pm
School Meal SitesArlington Elementary School3705 W. Rogers Avenue2121510am - 2pm
School Meal SitesBeechfield Elementary/Middle School301 S. Beechfield Avenue2122910am - 2pm
School Meal SitesFranklin Square Elementary/Middle School1400 W. Lexington Street2122310am - 2pm

Point of Contact: Jazmyn Covington
B’more for Healthy Babies (BHB) has launched a comprehensive Website with service updates, helpful information, and links to resources for current and expectant parents. Click here to visit the BHB COVID-19 Response Page.

We have had requests for information and resources on how to support families of young children as we cope with the Coronavirus.  There are many resources from the Center of Excellence in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health, The National Child Traumatic Stress Network, the World Health Organization, and the Centers for Disease Control.  Healthy Families America has provided guidance nationally on “what” can constitute as a home visit, which includes phone calls, video calls (skype, facetime, zoom) etc.

Below are several resources providing guidance on home visits as well as  supports for families, pregnant women and caregivers.

Healthy Families America COVID-19 Resource Center

Health Families America Guidance for Sites and Agencies

World Health Organization Home Care Worker Guidance

CDC Guidance for Healthcare Personnel

CDC Recommendations and FAQ for Pregnancy and Children

Coronavirus Kids Flyer

Points of Contact:
General Food Access Questions: Melissa Moore
Family Child Care Provider (FCCP) Questions: Kendall Jenkins & Sharon Bostwick
Follow the Baltimore Partnership to End Childhood Hunger (BPECH) on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for up-to-date meal sites, food giveaways, and resources.

CLAIMS PROCESSING

Family League is working diligently to balance new mandates restricting operations issued by local and state officials with our commitment to being as flexible and responsive to the needs of our funded partners as possible. So that we can remain in alignment with the Governor’s recent announcement of an executive order instituting mandatory Stay At Home policies and out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of staff and the community, we will no longer be able to accept bubble sheet claims.  Providers currently using the bubble sheets for their claims are urged to contact the Food Access Team (food@familyleague.org) to discuss options.

PAYMENT REMITTANCE

Similarly, we will not be able to mail check payments until the order is lifted.  As of April 1st and until such time as the Governor’s executive order is lifted, Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) or direct deposit will be the only way to receive payments.  Providers are asked to please complete the EFT Form here and submit EFT forms, as well as a canceled check or letter from the bank, to the Food Access team by the 15th of the month in order to allow entry into the system for that month’s payment. Forms should be emailed to financeteam@familyleague.org. We are currently working with PNC Bank to enable you to open bank accounts online if you do not currently have one. Providers with questions or concerns regarding their claim reimbursements should email the Food Access Team at food@familyleague.org

AFTER-SCHOOL MEAL PROVIDERS

All after-school site reviews have been suspended effective immediately and until further notice.  Site supervisors are reminded that point-of-service (POS) and online data requirements remain in effect.  Submission of POS forms may be made via email to food@familyleague.org or fax to 410-497-6647.

Point of Contact: Amani Coker-Warren

Updated on April 29, 2020

On Friday, April 17th, Maryland State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Karen Salmon announced that the closure of all public schools in Maryland would be extended through May 15th, 2020. Understanding the profound impact this decision will have on our children and our partners in the Community Schools and Out-of-School Time programmatic spaces, we have created this space to keep all stakeholders as up-to-date as possible with updates and information on resources to help navigate through this time.

QUARTERLY COMMUNITY SCHOOL STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING

Protecting the health, safety, and well-being of our members, attendees, and partners is paramount. Due to the global COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, the Community Schools Steering Committee Meetings will be held virtually until further notice. Visit Family League’s Community Schools and Out-of-School Time page for the remaining schedule of meetings and minutes for previous meetings. Those interested in attending should contact Khalilah Slater Harrington, Chief Program Officer.

BALTIMORE CITY SCHOOLS SUPPORTS FOR DISTANCE LEARNING

Baltimore City Public Schools has provided a wealth of resources to ensure limited-to-no interruptions in area students’ access to a quality education. Visit www.baltimorecityschools.org/distance-learning to access downloadable daily lessons and to learn about other ways to continue educational growth in the midst of COVID-19. Additionally, printed lessons are available at the district’s 18 meal sites.

Comcast Internet Essentials Promotional Offer (Offer ends June 30, 2020)

Additionally, City Schools has partnered with Comcast to bring the power of high speed internet service to students, families, and staff through the Internet Essentials program. Comcast is currently offering 2 months of free internet service to eligible Internet Essentials program participants. Any family with a child attending City Schools is eligible to apply to the Internet Essentials program through Comcast since the district provides free breakfast and lunch to all students. Staff may also apply for Internet Essentials if they are a parent of a City Schools student or fall within another qualifying group. Check here to see if you qualify! 

FAMILY LEAGUE COMMUNITY SCHOOLS AND OUT-OF-SCHOOL TIME
FAQs

Additional frequently asked questions can be found by clicking the Funded Partnerships tab.

Q: If schools are closed, will OST programs still run?

A: If schools are closed, then OST sites will be closed. Providers can contact Family League staff for alternative options for food.

Q: How will closures impact grant-funded programs with day requirements

A: There are contingency days built into the 100-day minimum. Before the end of FY20 programming, sites should make every effort to make up missed days when possible (e.g., extending the last day of programming, operating Saturdays, operating during breaks, etc.). Family League will continue to monitor school closures and support funded programs accordingly.

Q: Will we have the Cohort meetings?

A: We requested that Cohort Leads host meetings before March 20th. However, Family League staff will be flexible on this date. Cohort meetings will not be mandatory while school is closed. However, meetings can be held virtually or in person if the Cohort Lead and participants want to move forward.

Q: Will we have PD? Will PLCs take place?

A: The community school coordinator bi-monthly Professional Development and Networking and New Coordinator Professional Learning Community scheduled for March 18th has been postponed. Family League will communicate a reschedule date once that has been established.

All previously scheduled professional development trainings and meetings have been shifted to virtual convenings, using a combination of online and telephone options. Those registered will receive an email with the link to virtual access.

Additionally, Family League will be providing weekly professional development offerings to help our partners and Baltimore community members in their response to COVID-19. Visit our Professional Development page to view upcoming trainings.

Q: Can certain “requirements” be completed remotely?

A: All reporting and feedback can be completed remotely.

Q: When are organization teleworking plans and policies due?

A: Originally, we asked that all Funded Partners submit their organization’s teleworking plans and policies by April 15th.  However, we are no longer requiring that Funded Partners submit teleworking plans to Family League. We are only requiring that you submit your teleworking policies to fundedpartnerships@familyleague.org

If you have submitted your teleworking policy already, we appreciate your sending this information.

Q: What if my organization does not have a telework policy in place?

A: If your organization does not have a telework policy in place, every effort should be made to put one into place to demonstrate how work will be completed during this current shelter in place. Click below to view a sample telecommuting policy provided by the Society of Human Resource Management, an organization considered to be a credible SME in this area, in PDF or Word format.

Q: Will Lead Agency Cohort meetings, Site Manager meetings (EYP and OST) and CSC Bi-Monthly PD/Networking meeting (May 2020) still take place?

A: Yes, those meetings will stay take place using an online platform. Please be on the lookout from the Program team for additional information.

Q: Will the CSC professional conference requirement be waived?

A: We generally require Community School Coordinators to attend a professional conference related to supporting their role. Due to the restrictions on travel and other challenges related to COVID-19, we are waiving the conference requirement for FY 20. If you have met this requirement, please feel free to share supporting documentation to PD@familyleague.org. However, there will be no penalty if you have not.

We encourage all Coordinators to explore virtual PD offerings on Learning Stream through Family League’s PD Calendar.

Q: Will OST PD site hour requirements be adjusted?

A: Family League’s PD team continues to have this conversation internally and monitor regulations and guidelines. For now, we are working with sites to calculate PD hours (including alternate PD hours). In addition, we are excited to offer a variety of virtual professional development sessions on Learning Stream. Sites who are experiencing challenges meeting PD hours, should share that information with our PD team at PD@familyleague.org.

Q: What will FL require in terms of the number of program days for this school year?  With the school closure, we won’t meet our contracted days nor hours at either of our sites.

A: Family League of Baltimore will not penalize Funded Partners for not meeting the minimum number of Out of School Time (OST) operating days per contract. We understand that the decision to close schools and programs (or alter programming) was beyond Funded Partners’ control. We understand that some sites are providing virtual programming to youth and we appreciate those efforts. Family League teams will be in touch with OST sites to better understand impact in the coming weeks.

Q: If schools reopen, will Family League allow programs to be extended to use up remaining funds?

A: Family League has granted Programs an extension to spend down their FY20 funds through Sept. 30th.  Those funded partners that will not be receiving an extension with be contacted directly by Family League by no later than April 26th. We will make a determination about programming following the Governor’s guidance and once shelter in place is concluded.

Q: If programs aren’t able to reopen due to staff retention issues will programs be allowed to close early?

A: We understand that there are many circumstances that may impact program operations. Please share any staffing or programmatic concerns with your Family League program point of contact.

Q: Could current funds be used to support day school distance-learning efforts? Whether that was staff time or reallocation of funds for supplies, food, etc.?

A: Yes. As applicable, budget modifications should be made in FUNDINGtrack by April 30th. If you have any questions regarding budget modifications, please contact Keianna Thompson, Senior Director of Finance, at kthompson@familyleague.org.

Q: What are examples of activities that OST staff can complete virtually?

A: It is up to Funded Partners to determine virtual activities for staff. A few examples of activities might include check-ins with teams and youth/families, virtual enrichment instruction, aligned curriculum work and lesson plan development, online/distance learning, staff PD, data entry/validation, systems planning work (evaluation, sustainability, safety, budget), etc. All staff who work in OST programs may only be reimbursed with OST funds for approved work performed within the allotted OST number of working hours.

How can families access health care?

Low Cost Health Care Providers

Updated on April 29, 2020

All Funded Partnerships site visits have been suspended. Teleworking is acceptable for Funded Partners. Costs can only be reimbursed If you choose to activate teleworking or assume normal operation of programming. Should you have any additional questions, please email FundedPartnerships@familyleague.org.

UPDATES TO PROGRAMMING DEADLINES

We have worked closely with many of our funders to identify ways in which to remain nimble in our deployment of funds and the implementation of vital programming. Simply put, the work looks a lot different now than it did a month ago. As such, we want to work with you as you adapt your programming to meet the new reality and needs of the community. To that end, we are extending most programming deadlines to September 30th. This extension is intended to provide funded partners additional time to reschedule any programming delayed as a result of COVID-19 restrictions and to expend their FY20 grant awards. Let me be clear: this does not represent new grant funding. If you need to use your remaining funds in a different way, budget modifications for this extension must be received by April 30th. Deadlines for expense reports will remain the same. Family League staff will contact any partners whose programming deadline will not be extended by no later than April 24, 2020. Questions regarding budget modifications can be directed to Keianna Thompson, our Finance Director via email at kthompson@familyleague.org.

PAYMENT REMITTANCE

So that we can remain in alignment with the Governor’s executive order instituting mandatory Stay At Home policies and out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of staff and the community, we are limiting outside travel for our staff as much as possible.  That said, we remain committed to distributing needed grant resources in a timely fashion. To that end, we will now be remitting all payments via Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT).  We are currently working with PNC Bank to enable you to open bank accounts online if you do not currently have one. Please complete the EFT Form here and email it to financeteam@familyleague.org.

SUSPENSION OF WORKPLAN REQUIREMENTS

We are currently no longer requiring the submission of project workplans. Partners need only make sure they provide their telework policy via email to fundedpartnerships@familyleague.org.

LOCAL HIRE REPORTING SUSPENDED

We understand that COVID-19 restrictions have significantly impacted practical business operations and access to office space and physical documents. To accommodate this new reality, monthly local hiring reporting will be suspended through the end of Fiscal Year 2020. A final end-of-year report will still be due on July 15th.

REPORTING CONTENT AND DEADLINES

Obviously, COVID-19 will have a significant impact on program participation, workplans, and performance measure targets.
• Continue to track program participation in virtual programming in the provided data collection tools and trackers you upload to FUNDINGtrack.
• While we will not be adjusting Performance Measures or their associated targets, we encourage you to tell “the story behind the curve” using the quarterly narratives submitted in FUNDINGtrack if targets aren’t met.
• Deadlines for quarterly program narratives will resume their regular schedule after April 30th. All other monthly and end-of-year deliverables deadlines will remain as stated in your original contracts.

Funded Partnerships FAQs
Q: When are organization teleworking plans and policies due?

A: Originally, we asked that all Funded Partners submit their organization’s teleworking plans and policies by April 15th.  However, we are no longer requiring that Funded Partners submit teleworking plans to Family League. We are only requiring that you submit your teleworking policies to fundedpartnerships@familyleague.org by July 15th.

If you have submitted your teleworking policy already, we appreciate your sending this information.

Q: What if my organization does not have a telework policy in place?

A: If your organization does not have a telework policy in place, every effort should be made to put one into place to demonstrate how work will be completed during this current shelter in place. Click below to view a sample telecommuting policy provided by the Society of Human Resource Management, an organization considered to be a credible SME in this area, in PDF or Word format.

Q. What if my organization wishes to use Payroll Protection Program (PPP) funds for payroll expenses instead of expensing it to our Family League grant?

A: Organizations certainly may use PPP funds to cover payroll and other allowable costs under that program. Your organization does not need permission from Family League to do so. To avoid or limit understanding of your organization’s award from Family League, we recommend documenting and reporting expenses based on the current line items in your approved budget even if the amount is below or above the allocated expense. However, regardless of the adjustments, the submitted expenses cannot exceed the award dollar amount. Questions regarding this can be forwarded to fundedpartnerships@familyleague.org.

FINANCE QUESTIONS
Q: When are budget modifications due? Are there any constraints with making modifications?

A: The last day to submit budget modifications in FUNDINGtrack is April 30th. There is not a cap on the amount of funds that can be reallocated to other budget line items. If you have any questions regarding budget modifications, please contact Keianna Thompson, Senior Director of Finance, at kthompson@familyleague.org. Keep in mind that there are various spending constraints per funder. Family League has not received notification from any of our funders that disallowed costs have changed due to COVID-19. It is acceptable for funded partners to change the types of supplies or program expenses from which was initially budgeted. However, funded partners should refrain from purchasing fixed assets (i.e. furniture, computer equipment, etc. that exceed their organization’s threshold amount for fixed assets). 

Q: When are expense reports due?

A: Family League’s Funders have not extended due dates for Expense Reports. Therefore, Funded Partner expense reports are still due to Family League on April 15th.  For assistance with expense reports, please contact Neasiel Moses, Accountant, at nmoses@familyleague.org.

DATA AND EVALUATION QUESTIONS
Q: Should we still track data for our remote activities?

A: Please use your existing data trackers to track the young people that you serve as you would if you were hosting in-person services and activities.

Q: We may not meet our performance targets because of COVID-19. What do we do?

A: We understand that performance measures and targets may be impacted by COVID-19. Please use the narrative questions in the quarterly report to speak to the challenges and barriers that prevented meeting the performance targets.  In instances where the data will no longer be available for a performance measure, please provide this information in the narrative as well.

Q: Are our monthly data reports still due on the 5th of the month?

A: If you have extenuating circumstances that will prevent you from submitting these reports, please contact fundedpartnerships@familyleague.org. All other deliverables not mentioned above are due on the original dates outlined in your contract.

One of our roles as the local management board for Baltimore is to manage the City’s Local Care Team (LCT), striving to pair the families of children and youth demonstrating intensive needs with the resources and solutions to thrive and be successful.

The Baltimore City LCT is operating on its normal schedule and has resumed the review of scheduled case appointments on Tuesdays from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Additional questions or referrals can be emailed to LCT@familyleague.org.

Updated on April 29, 2020

All previously scheduled professional development trainings and meetings have been shifted to virtual convenings, using a combination of online and telephone options. Those registered will receive an email with the link to virtual access.

Additionally, Family League will be providing weekly professional development offerings to help our partners and Baltimore community members in their response to COVID-19.

Serving Families Via Phone: A Joint Panel between Home Visiting Staff and Community School Coordinators
Friday, May 1st | 2pm
The panel will discuss the transition from face-to-face interactions to virtual or phone interactions, how supporting families has evolved, ideas for meeting families’ needs, safe practices to protect families’ personal information, and self-care practices. Click here to register.

Visit our Profession Development page to view additional offerings. Please email fundedpartnerships@familyleague.org any additional questions that are not answered below.

FAQs
Q: Will Lead Agency Cohort meetings, Site Manager meetings (EYP and OST) and CSC Bi-Monthly PD/Networking meeting (May 2020) still take place?

A: Yes, those meetings will stay take place using an online platform. Please be on the lookout from the Program team for additional information.

Q: Will the CSC professional conference requirement be waived?

A: We generally require Community School Coordinators to attend a professional conference related to supporting their role. Due to the restrictions on travel and other challenges related to COVID-19, we are waiving the conference requirement for FY20. If you have met this requirement, please feel free to share supporting documentation to PD@familyleague.org. However, there will be no penalty if you have not.

We encourage all Coordinators to explore virtual PD offerings on Learning Stream through Family League’s PD Calendar.

Q: Will OST PD site hour requirements be adjusted?

A: Family League’s PD team continues to have this conversation internally and monitor regulations and guidelines. For now, we are working with sites to calculate PD hours (including alternate PD hours). In addition, we are excited to offer a variety of virtual professional development sessions on Learning Stream. Sites who are experiencing challenges meeting PD hours should share that information with our PD team at PD@familyleague.org.

COVID-19 Response Funding Collaborative of Greater Baltimore

Maryland Manufacturing Network – Source of PPE and Cleaning Supplies

Governor Hogan has announced a new portal is available to find Maryland manufacturers items like masks, gloves, hand sanitizer.

COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund

The Greater Washington Community Foundation has opened Phase II of the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund. Applications will be accepted until the RFP for Phase II closes on May 29 at 5 pm. Learn more and apply here.

Enoch Pratt Library

The Digital Library is OPEN! Click here for more information.

Community Action Partnership Centers (CAP Centers)

CAP Centers have been closed. However, residents can continue to submit applications for assistance online.

  • For energy assistance, residents can complete an application online or call 1-800-332-6347.
  • For BH2O, the city’s water discount program, residents can download a BH2O application. Completed applications can be emailed to BCCAPBH2O@baltimorecity.gov or mailed to ATTN: BH20 Processing Unit, P.O. Box 22586, Baltimore, MD 21203.
Evictions

Evictions in Baltimore City are halted while schools are closed. If any family receives an eviction notice during the state of emergency, they should call the Public Justice Center at (410) 625-9409.

Unemployment Insurance and Employment

Workers and independent contractors with social security numbers who have been displaced due to COVID-19 can click here for Frequently Asked Questions about  COVID19 and Maryland’s Unemployment Insurance Benefits Administration. Workers and independent contractors with social security numbers can click here to apply for unemployment. For assistance in finding employment and additional support, please contact the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development (MOED) and someone will reach out to you within 2 business days.

Lawyer in the Schools – Free Legal Clinic Hotline

Through a partnership between Maryland Legal Aid and Baltimore City Public Schools, families of students can call an attorney to discuss a wide range of civil legal issues. Please call and leave a message with Jennifer Nance at 443-895-1391 or Chloe Johnson at 202-515-6502. Support is available Monday through Friday, from 9 AM until 4:30 PM, and is available in Spanish. Please click here for bilingual flyers.

COVID-19 Community Conversations

The Healthy Community Partnership and Medicine for the Greater Good at Johns Hopkins Bayview host community conversations twice a week, Mondays from 3pm to 4pm and Fridays from 11am to Noon. The dial-in number is 888 651-5908 and the participant code is 3569812.  To be added to the distribution list, contact Kimberly Monson at kmonson1@jhmi.edu.

Public Health on Call

The JHU Bloomberg School of Public Health’s daily podcast, Public Health on Call, featuring science and evidence-based insights on the public health news of the day is currently focusing on the novel coronavirus COVID-19. For more info, visit https://www.jhsph.edu/podcasts/public-health-on-call/.

Wellness and Self-Care

Please note the following websites for information on dealing with anxiety and other self-care related to COVID-19:

Health Insurance Open Enrollment

Families may be eligible to enroll in a qualified health plan through Maryland Health Connection, the state’s official health insurance marketplace. Visit www.marylandhealthconnection.gov to determine eligibility for free or low-cost health insurance. The deadline to apply is June 15th. See this fact sheet for more information.

Playworks

Playworks has created a number of resources for students and families during the current stay-at-home order:

  • Play at Home Game Guide that features some of its most popular games (while also meeting CDC recommendations, factoring in social distancing, and limited play equipment). Click here for the guide.
  • Play at Home videos for families, available on YouTube by clicking here.
  • Virtual Recess on Facebook Live. Recess activities take place every Monday through Friday at 12 PM, 2 PM, and 4 PM. Click here for Playworks’ Facebook page.
Resources Available Regardless of Immigration Status
Comcast

Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, Comcast is offering 2 months free to new Internet Essentials customers in response to recent and anticipated emergency measures associated with the Coronavirus (COVID-19). For more info, visit https://www.internetessentials.com/covid19.

Complimentary NAFSCE Membership

To support the family engagement field during this critical time, the National Association of Family, School, and Community Engagement (NAFSCE) is opening access to its member resources for all family engagement professionals, parents, advocates, and policymakers now through July 1, 2020. Click here to sign up.

Microsoft Tech Social Impact

With COVID-19 continuing to impact people and countries around the world, organizations everywhere are moving to remote work. To help you, we’ve created a free track of courses to provide information and tools as you make this transition. This track will help nonprofits lay the groundwork for successful remote office environments. This track is normally $110, but it is now free. More information is available here.

University of Maryland School of Social Work (SWCOS)

Please click here for Coping with COVID-19, a weekly series of short videos directed toward providers and parents. SWCOS’ Institute for Innovation and Implementation also has recordings of many recent conversations And a schedule of upcoming conversations, which can be found here.

Details of Senate Bill: The Financial Bridge that Churches, Schools & Nonprofits Need – This video discussing the CARES Act is approximately thirty minutes long, easy to understand, and includes helpful tips for most small businesses. Watch the video here.

Please stay up to date with National Summer Learning Association’s Response to the COVID-19 Health Crisis Response and a list of Resources for Program’s and Families during School Closures.

The main landing page for the “Paycheck Protection Program” (i.e. forgivable loans) is here, and the link to the application is here. In addition, these loans offer very low interest rates (as low as .5%) even on the amount that isn’t forgiven. The Administration began accepting applications for small businesses and non-profits beginning on Friday, April 3.

U.S.  Chamber of Commerce Foundation  Save Small Business Initiative

The Lewis Prize for Music COVID-19 Community Response Fund

 

Coronavirus Media Inquiries

All general Coronavirus/COVID-19 media inquiries should be directed to City’s the Joint Information Center at (443) 401-2902 or email eoc.jic@baltimorecity.gov.

Questions related specifically to Family League’s response and resulting impacts on our programs, services and operations should be directed to our public information officer, Rachel D. Graham, at (504) 579-9331 AND via email at rgraham@familyleague.org with the subject line: MEDIA INQUIRY – Coronavirus.