Judy Centers: Making a Difference in School Readiness
July 11, 2017
Judy Centers are neighborhood hubs which connect children and families to services so that children are ready for school. BCF set a goal in 2012 to raise funds to open five Judy Centers in five years. The expansion plan included raising private funds for launching new centers and a memorandum of understanding with City Schools and the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) for ongoing public funding for the centers after the first three years of operation. A 2014 federal grant helped leverage philanthropic contributions, allowing BCF to significantly accelerate its timeline and raise $6 million in private support – enough to open eight centers and fund a citywide coordinator position within the Baltimore City Public Schools system.
This investment is now paying off for Baltimore City children. New results compiled by Baltimore City Schools’ Office of Achievement and Accountability shows Judy Centers prepare their children for school at a rate that exceeds most other strategies in the district. See the results in the graph below.