• Early Learning Centers

    The Early Learning Centers, located at Carmody Hills Elementary School and SamuelChase Elementary Schools, will continue to implement the vision of the “Judy Centers” by providing  school readiness programming for children birth – 5 years, and their families in Prince George’s County. 


    The Early Learning Centers will continue to provide early childhood programming and services by:

    • Supporting quality classroom instruction and assessment through a continued focus on supporting small group academic flexible grouping throughout the school year.
    • Providing parent and child activities that support school readiness throughout the school year.
    • Providing ongoing case management for students based on recommendations from the school staff and parents
    • Providing parent workshops that will support not only the children’s academic growth but social emotional growth
    • Continuing the collaborative community partnerships




    The following activities will be offered at the Early Learning Centers this school year. The basis for all of the family engagement activities will be offered in alignment with The Early Childhood Family Engagement Framework: Maryland’s Vision for Engaging Families with Young Children.


    • Strengthening Families Parent Cafes: These cafes are guided conversations designed to share the collective knowledge of families and building a network of community support among share. These events promote family well-being and connect families to their peers on the community by fostering social connections and parental resilience. Parent Cafes can support the development of families as leader’s child advocates. We will be collaborating the Office of Title I and the Office of Diversity to implement two parents cafes for Title I schools this year.
    • Infant and Toddler Playgroups: In collaboration with the Prince George’s County Public Schools Infant and Toddler programs, the Early Learning Centers will continue to offer onsite inclusive playgroups on site monthly. In addition, offsite playgroup opportunities are offered weekly through our mobile playgroups, “School Readiness on Wheels” and through our collaboration with two local apartment complexes within the Prince Georges County community.
    • “School Readiness on Wheels” Playgroups:  Occurring twice monthly, this playgroup focuses on instilling skills necessary for academic success into participants 18 months- 4 years old. “Daddy & I” days are focused on empowering fathers’ interaction with their young children.
    • “School Readiness on Wheels” Mobile Playgroup:On a weekly basis, the playgroup visits 2 childcare center, instilling skills necessary for academic success into participants 18 months- 4 years old.  
    • Learning Parties: The goal of the Learning Parties is to support parents as their child’s first teacher through a series of activities that teach parents how to make everyday moments learning through playing, singing, reading, talking, through learning activities.
    • Raising a Reader:  The goal of the Raising a Reader program is to promote healthy brain development, provide children with the intrinsic motivation for loving to read, engage families in the reading process at home, and to improve reading and language outcomes on the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment. 
    • Waterford:  The goal of the Waterford Smart start Program is to provide children with an opportunity to engage in school readiness academic skills in a cross curricular approach both online and offline. This program also provides family engagement opportunities to promote learning at home with the parent as the “child’s first teacher.”
    • Prekindergarten/Kindergarten Support Groups:  Referrals are being accepted for the following social support groups/individual sessions:
      • anger management 
      • behavior support           
      • social skills
    • Social Emotional Support: Case management will be used this year to support any student and family that are in need of academic and/or social emotional support based on parent/guardian referrals or staff referrals. The Early Learning center case management provides ongoing support in these areas in order to support the development and growth of the whole child.
    • Chicago Parent Program: (Spring, 2018) (New Program): This program was developed in collaboration with parent of young children, with real world applications on how to support parents in dealing with the challenges and stresses of real life. This 12 session engagement of parents will be a new program for the Early Learning Centers.
    • Early Learning Center Community Collaboration: The Early Learning Center will continue its ongoing community collaboration in order to support the goal of school readiness for all children in Prince George’s County. Through community collaboration the following activities will continue: Onsite childcare playgroups, Library Cafes in collaboration with the Prince George’s Public Library System, Employment/Adult Education support in collaboration with Prince George’s County One Stop Career Center, and health and wellness education in collaboration with Med Star Health, and family support in collaboration with the Prince George’s County Department of Social Services.  



    • Provide services to local child care providers