Judith P. Hoyer Early Child Care and Family Education Centers ( known as "Judy Centers") provide a central location for early childhood education and support services for children birth through Kindergarten and their families who reside in specific Title I school districts across the State of Maryland. To achieve the goal of school readiness, Judy Center services and programs for young children and their families are typically available 10–12 hours a day, year round.
Judy Centers are unique because they promote school readiness through collaboration with community-based agencies, organizations, and businesses. This integrated approach promotes program and service delivery that is conveniently located in or near Title I schools, ensuring that young children who may begin school at a deficit are given opportunities to start their formal education on a level playing field with their peers.
NEW! Judith P. Hoyer Foundation Sponsors Annual Awards Celebration
On July 2, 2013, The Judith P. Hoyer Foundation held their Annual Awards Celebration to recognize two outstanding Judy Centers. The Kent County Judy Center was the recipient of the Most Improved Partnership Award and the DRU Judy Center at The Historic Samuel Coleridge Taylor Elementary School in Baltimore City was the recipient of the Innovative Spirit Award.
Since the appointment of Donna Bedell as the Coordinator in 2011, the Kent County Judy Center Partnership has increased from 9 to 17 members, an astounding accomplishment in a small rural community. This has resulted in a more cohesive partnership that has resulted in greatly improved services for children birth through age 5 and their families who live in the H.H. Garnett Elementary School district in Chestertown. Under Donna's leadership and the commitment of Tanisha Phillips, the Home Interventionist, and the support of the Principal, Cheryl Vauls, there is improved service coordination, increased attendance at Judy Center activities, an ELL Homework Club, and volunteer tutoring program.
The DRU Judy Center at The Historic Samuel Coleridge Taylor Elementary School, under the leadership of the Coordinator, Cathy Frazier, organized and implements the Back Pack Program. Through the generous contribution of the Harry and Jeannette Weinberg Foundation, the Maryland Food Bank provides food for the Back Pack Program at the school. Tamkiya Hobson, the Family Service Coordinator, oversees the distribution of food to 75 children every Friday that is placed in their back packs to take home. The food is easy to open and consume should an adult not be available.
The event was held at Martin's Crosswinds in Greenbelt and was attended by 160 people. U.S. Representative Steny Hoyer, husband of the late Judy Hoyer for whom Judy Centers are named, addressed the audience. The keynote speaker was Martha Kanter, Under Secretary at the U.S. Department of Education.
Here are links to videos (in both .mov and .wav formats) of the winning Judy Centers:
The Judy Center at H.H. Garnett ES: http://media.msde.state.md.us/2013/JUDY/KENT.mov http://media.msde.state.md.us/2013/JUDY/KENT.wmv
The Judy Center at The Historic Samuel Coleridge-Taylor ES: http://media.msde.state.md.us/2013/JUDY/BALTO.mov http://media.msde.state.md.us/2013/JUDY/BALTO.wmv
Click here for Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Judy Centers.
Click here for a current list of Judy Centers, presented alphabetically by county or jurisdiction. The list also contains contact information for each Judy Center Coordinator.
Click here for "An Analysis of Influence of Judy Center Services on the MMSR Kindergarten Assessment Outcomes 2008-2009."