Family League of Baltimore invests in strategies and initiatives to create lasting change for children and families. To do this, we work with an array of program partners who seek to transform communities and achieve sustainable impact in the areas of: child and maternal health, education, youth development, nutrition and child welfare.
Programs of Work
B’more for Healthy Babies (BHB) is a citywide initiative, led by the Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD)with the support of Family League and HealthCare Access Maryland, to reduce infant mortality and improve the health of mothers and babies. Family League serves as the co-lead with BCHD for the home-visiting strategy and BHB Communities, an initiative focused on two Baltimore neighborhoods, Upton/Druid Heights, and Patterson Park North and East and School Readiness.
Family League of Baltimore serves as a co-lead – along with Baltimore City Public Schools and the Baltimore City Child Care Coalition – for the School Readiness Coalition which now serves as the city’s Early Childhood Advisory Council (ECAC). As the ECAC, the coalition is recognized by Maryland State Department of Education as the single early childhood body in the city that is responsible for conducting regular needs assessments of the quality and availability of early childhood programs, increasing participation in existing programs and understanding the reasons participation may be low, and leading local family engagement efforts.
The ECAC also serves as the school readiness arm for B’more for Healthy Babies (BHB) and is responsible for leading work in two of BHB’s priority areas: parenting and social-emotional development.
Family League is the largest sponsor of the afterschool meals program in Baltimore City. To make sure children and youth receive nourishing meals each day, Family League focuses its nutrition work on reaching them wherever they are: at home, in school, after school and during the summer.
Family League of Baltimore serves as a facilitating partner for the Community School strategy in partnership with Baltimore City Public Schools, the Mayor’s Office and Baltimore City Council. The Baltimore Community School strategy is composed of two critical components: Community Schools and Out of School programs. A Community School is a place and a set of strategic partnerships that promote student achievement, positive conditions for learning, and the well-being of families and communities. Out-Of-School Time (OST) programs provide students with the opportunity to explore new ideas, build 21st century skills, find new talents, and experience success.
Family League of Baltimore in partnership with the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore is committed to supporting students through a collective effort to surround them with opportunities for success and to remove barriers keeping them from attending school regularly and from being engaged/supported in school, at home and in their communities.
Expanded Youth Programs offer comprehensive and single-focused Out of School Time (OST) programming to young people of all ages (school age up to age 24) in Baltimore City community locations. These diverse programs, led by community-based organizations, are aimed at improving outcomes for young people in underserved/under resourced communities. OST programs provide students the opportunity to explore new ideas, build new skills, find new talents and experience success.
In FY2020, Family League has provided $1.5M to support these organizations. A portion of the funds are invested in OST programs serving youth in grades K-8. The remaining investment has been prioritized for programs serving youth ages 14 to 24. Of the funding available, $434,000 is made available as a result of the Maryland Education Trust Fund – Video Lottery Terminal (VLT) legislation passed in 2007 and designated to serve young people in the Pimlico/Park Heights footprint.
VLT Funds Recipients
- Beautiful Butterflies, Inc.
- Catherine’s Family and Youth Services, Inc.
- Creative Nomads
- Excellence & Ambition, Inc.
- Full Gospel Fellowship Church of Deliverance, Inc.
- Lead4Life, Inc.
- Leaders of Tomorrow Youth Center, Inc.
- Sisters Saving the City, Inc.
Baltimore City Expanded Youth Programs Funds Recipients
Baltimore Urban Debate League
Baltimore Youth Arts
Beyond The Natural Foundation, Inc.
Bridging the Gap, Inc.
Casa de Maryland, Inc.
Code in the Schools
Corner Team, Inc.
Greenmount West Community Center Foundation
Leonard Hicks Community Center
One More One Less Mentoring, Inc.
Project I CAN
Soccer Without Borders
Writers in Baltimore Schools
Young Kings’ Leadership Academy
Family League partners with public agencies and human service organizations to establish aligned systems of care and coordinated service delivery for children and families across multiple systems including social services, juvenile justice, mental health, education, law enforcement, and housing. Working closely with city-wide agencies, Family League supports the implementation of evidence-based practices and ensures they are reflective of local and national best practices. Family League’s interagency partnership leadership is directly responsible for the oversight of the Local Care Team, Youth Justice & Equity Council, Children of Incarcerated Parents Workgroup, and child welfare and juvenile Justice initiatives.
Essential interagency initiative functions include but are not limited to the following:
- Provision of significant oversight and support to various collaborative efforts that support Baltimore’s child welfare system and other human services-related work.
- Provision of expert consultation and guidance in areas of child welfare and juvenile justice.
- Coordination of research and data evaluation of both existing and proposed programs for both efficacy and feasibility.
- Convening and facilitation of targeted workshops, trainings, and technical assistance provision to both partners and the community.
- Constantly working to develop and maintain strong working relationships with agency stakeholders.
Taking initiative to both support and impact child welfare and human services public policy.