Influencing Systems

Family League engages, informs, and collaborates with leaders and policymakers to create an efficient network of opportunities for children and families in Baltimore through policy recommendations at the local, state, and national levels. We believe sharing data helps bring positive and lasting change for Baltimore families.

We recognize that it is critical to approach our work through a racial equity lens. The Racial Equity Analysis Tool supports our efforts to advocate for policy changes in a way that mitigates the impact of racism entrenched in existing structures by accounting for stakeholder input, unintended consequences, root-cause transformational ability, and questions of implementation in the development of legislation.

2021 Public Policy Priorities

This year, Family League is taking a deeper approach to our advocacy efforts by rooting all of our policy work in our recently released Community Health Needs Assessment developed in partnership with Morgan State University’s School of Community Health and Policy and through the generous support of the Bainum Family Foundation and the Goldseker Foundation. This document provides a community-informed foundation, not just for our soon-to-be-released strategic planning but also for establishing policy priorities to support improved outcomes for children, youth, and families in Baltimore. Concerns that were recurring themes in conversations with various segments of stakeholders included:

Maryland Results Areas of Child Wellbeing

 

As the Local Management Board for Baltimore City, our policy advocacy work is also guided by and in support of the Governor’s Office Of Crime Prevention Youth And Victim Services’ Results for Child Well-Being.  Through our Strategic Planning Process, we have prioritized three of these results areas for 2021 through 2024:
– the success of Baltimore City’s children in school;
– the economic stability of families; and
– the safety of communities for children, youth, and families.

While our work will prioritize improving outcomes in these areas, Family League understands the interdependence of all the Results Areas of Child Well-Being. We will continue to work with our partners and the community to improve outcomes across all domains.

Headings for Priority Areas_OST-Pandemic

POLICY PRIORIT(IES/Y)

  • Extend Summer Camp licensing through the state of emergency
  • Bring back EPCC (Emergency Personnel Child Care) Program
  • Incentivize and encourage school and community partnership where school personnel are supervising external partners in a variety of program models.
  • Create waivers that expand COMAR exemptions to Y’s, Boys & Girls Clubs and local government-funded and -operated programs that have program standards and accountability consistent with camp regulations.
Headings for Priority Areas_Child Care - Pandemic
POLICY PRIORIT(IES/Y)
  • Direct grants to child care providers
  • Restoration of child care scholarship/voucher payments to providers based on enrollment (rather than attendance) from the Maryland State Department of Education.
  • Coordinated procurement of masks, face shields, disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizer, antibacterial soap, and other PPEs for child care providers
  • Additional state funds for the network of child care resource centers to provide business support and coaching to child care providers
  • Publicly funded care options for school-age children OR subsidies to parents to pay for the unexpected expense of child care for school-age children.
Headings for Priority Areas_Education
POLICY PRIORIT(IES/Y)
  • Strengthening the Community School Strategy through the funding of the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future
  • Addressing the digital divide through increased funding for school districts and the expansion of the Governor’s Rural Broadband Office to include Baltimore City
  • Addressing School Year 21 enrollment loss through a hold-harmless bill, using 2019 count unless 2020 is higher
  • Addressing Student Discipline through a bill that would remove SROs and redirect investments to mental health supports
  • Securing funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities
Headings for Priority Areas_Police Reform Crim Justice
POLICY PRIORIT(IES/Y)
  • Diversion of crises calls to appropriate community resources
  • The implementation of recommendations included in the final report of the Workgroup to Address Police Reform and Accountability
Headings for Priority Areas_Child Welfare
POLICY PRIORIT(IES/Y)
  • Disaggregation of child welfare data by race and ethnicity
  • Expanding Tuition Waiver to foster and unaccompanied homeless youth
  • Gender expression protections for youth in foster care
Headings for Priority Areas_Economic Security
POLICY PRIORIT(IES/Y)
  • Support of the Time to Care Act providing paid family leave
  • Support of the re-introduction of a bill to expand eligibility for the Earn Income Tax Credit to people without qualifying children
  • Support of equitable access to Transportation by securing MTA funding
  • Access to banking for unaccompanied and homeless youth
Headings for Priority Areas_Food Access
POLICY PRIORIT(IES/Y)
  • Support efforts to increase SNAP benefits for people already receiving utility assistance
Headings for Priority Areas_Housing
POLICY PRIORIT(IES/Y)
  • Support for eviction prevention
  • Advocating for increased affordable housing stock
Headings for Priority Areas_Health
POLICY PRIORIT(IES/Y)
  • Support for maintaining the expansion of telehealth access
  • Advocating for legislation to address Lead Poisoning
  • Support for the Maryland Medicaid Doula study
Headings for Priority Areas_Immigration
POLICY PRIORIT(IES/Y)
  • Support for maintaining the expansion of telehealth access
  • Advocating for legislation to address Lead Poisoning
  • Support for the Maryland Medicaid Doula study