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Family League of Baltimore to invest over $3 million in innovative partnerships to improve outcomes for children and families

Funds to support secure housing, early childhood learning, and quality afterschool programming

BALTIMORE, Md. – February 23, 2021 – Family League of Baltimore (Family League) today announced its plans to invest more than $3 Million in a package of innovative partnerships to take an important step toward improving outcomes for children and families. The funds were designated by statute to be awarded through the Children’s Cabinet – by way of the Governor’s Office of Crime Prevention, Youth, and Victim Service – to Family League in its role as the Local Management Board for Baltimore City and after approval of an in-depth response to a notice of funds availability.

Family League of Baltimore (Family League) announced the awarding of more than $3.7 million in grants to help support child care providers through the Child Care COVID-19 Stability Fund. The organization was designated by the City of Baltimore to administer these funds made available through the federal CARES Act which provides resources to businesses and individuals adversely impacted by the global coronavirus pandemic.

As a native son and lifelong resident of this great city of Baltimore, unfortunately I’m too familiar with the impact of trauma on families and communities. Whether it be a parent struggling with substance use or a child witnessing gun violence, traumatic events can have a lasting impact on a child’s life.

ZERO TO THREE, the leading nonprofit dedicated to ensuring all babies and toddlers have a strong start in life, today proudly announced that Jazmyn Covington of Baltimore, MD, has been selected for its 2020-22 Fellowship Class, joining 16 global leaders for the premier leadership development program in the early childhood field. Covington joins a vibrant and diverse cohort of leaders committed to advancing equitable and positive change in programs, systems, and policies affecting the health and well-being of babies, young children, and families.

Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young announced $4 million in assistance for Baltimore City child care providers and $5 million in support for city nonprofits today, as part of a larger, COVID-19 relief package.

The program, which aims to help young children build coping skills and foster nurturing connections between them and the caring adults in their lives, will support local families with young children by providing free, easy-to-use resources through a partnership with Family League of Baltimore. The Sesame Street in Communities program is also launching today in Maricopa County, AZ and Miami, FL, with the expansion in all three communities made possible by the generous support of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

“A new federal rule tightening eligibility requirements for the Supplemental NutritionAssistance Program (SNAP) is short-sighted at best and, at its worse, a cruel indictment of those in poverty (“Feds to cut up to 15,000 in Baltimore from food stamps; Maryland, other states suing to halt change,” Jan. 23).” By Demaune Millard.