A Judy Center is a place where community-based agencies and organizations collaborate under one roof to serve children and their families within or near a school. This integrated approach promotes school readiness through early childhood care and education as well as family support and health programs.
The Judy Center offers year around early childhood programs for children and their families. The Judy Center offers support for children and families with children from birth to five in the following areas:
Assistance in obtaining medical/dental insurance for your child
Assistance in finding licensed child care in Prince George’s County
Access to healthy meals/snacks
Provide access to medical/dental screenings
Playgroups for children and their families (children ages 0 - 3)
Assistance in employment opportunities for parents/guardians
Assistance in career planning for parents/guardians
Assistance in enrolling in English classes, GED classes, college, and trade school courses for parents/guardians
Support for pregnant mothers
Assistance in enrolling into Prekindergarten and Kindergarten
Summer Learning Programs for children ages four and five
Access to free books for young children and other learning activities
Parent educational workshops
How We Support Childcare Providers
The Judy Center also supports childcare providers located in Prince George’s County. The Judy Center support is not limited to:
Supporting childcare providers with gaining access to community supports that are available for participating in Maryland Excels.
Supporting childcare professionals with learning opportunities in continuing to improve instructional practice at their childcare facilities.
Opportunities to participate on the Judy Center Steering Committee and other professional learning opportunities offered through partners of the Judy Center.
What makes Judy Centers special is that their services are offered under one roof either at or very close to Title I schools. In addition to offering this convenience, Judy Centers use a “whole child” approach in addressing the many variables that can impact a young child’s readiness for Kindergarten. Some of the services Judy Centers offer include:
Early childhood education
Identification of special needs and early intervention
By offering a holistic approach and making it as easy as possible for children and their families to access services, Judy Centers prepare young children for school, help adults become better parents and benefit everyone in Maryland by improving the quality of life for families with young children. (Source: Maryland State Department of Education)