New Early Childhood Development Center Opens at Newly Renovated Arlington Elementary School in Park Heights

21st Century Ribbon Cutting Ceremony in front of Arlington Elementary School

St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore announced on August 26th, the opening of a brand new Early Childhood Development Center at the modernized Arlington Elementary School.  The new Early Childhood Development Center was created as part of the Baltimore City Public School System renovation of Arlington Elementary School, which is scheduled to re-open in September.  On Wednesday, August 28th, 21st Century Schools hosted a Ribbon Cutting to celebrate.

The refurbished Arlington site will provided children with a healthy, safe, efficient, modern space, which will support excellence in teaching and learning with flexible, adaptable spaces, learning areas designed for interaction, collaboration, technology equipped classrooms and shared community sapces, including three teaching walls, tablets, touch screen learning and developmentally appropiate robotics.  St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore's Head Start program as 68 center-based slots in 6 classrooms at Arlington, serving 60 families.  The St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore Head Start program provides early childhood education services to prepare children for school, while also achieve financial, housing, health stability goals, benefitting the families servied and the entire community.  Stay tuned for the offical grand opening of the Early Childhood Development Center.

St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore's Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Early Childhood Development Center

One of the Head Start classrooms at the Early Childhood Development Center

Front entrance of Arlington Elementary School before the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

This year, Camp St. Vincent has been all about learning.  This summer we welcomed over 200 children, ages 5-14 who are experiencing homelessness in Baltimore City and Baltimore County.  Camp St. Vincent creates and environment where our campers learn through fun.  From field trips to the Maryland Science Center, the Baltimore Museum of Industry, the National Aquarium, and American Visionary Art Museum, to in-camp activities like making homemade ice cream, park observations from the historic Patterson Park Pagoda, daily swim lessons, and a rich social emotional curriculum, Camp St. Vincent campers were always learning.

Every year, Camp St. Vincent relies on volunteer camp counselors.  This year, over 130 area high school students gave at least 80 hours of their time in service.  They helped wtih everything.  Everyday camp counselors set up all equipment and tents, led campers in daily sports, and guided them through social emotional activities.  Our volunteers provide guidance, frienship and stability to our campers but also provide them with daily support and love.

The Relationship Between Housing and Economic Mobility

The relationship between housing and economic mobility stable housing is critical to child development and family well-being. For young children, a stable home provides a positive environment for engaging in nurturing relationships with parents and other family members. For parents, a stable place to live ensures that they can devote their attention to their family rather than worry about housing. Parents in stable housing are also better able to find and maintain steady employment to provide for their families. Yet, for many families, stable and affordable housing is out of reach. Many families with low incomes struggle with the cost of housing. This can result in frequent moves, substandard housing conditions, or even homelessness. Housing uncertainty is often a large source of stress that over the long-term poses risks to child and family well-being. With more and more families renting in already tight rental markets, housing assistance programs can provide critical support. Some programs subsidize the cost of housing or provide temporary housing for families experiencing homelessness. Others help families finance the purchase of a home. Families that receive housing assistance are also more likely to enroll in more programs that offer benefits to further support families' well-being. There are many things that all programs can do to support their families to reach their housing goals, specific services vary by community but, Head Start Family Service Coordinators are available to share housing programs and eligibility requirements with their families for the long term success of their families. Source: Office of Head Start (OHS).

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