Preparing Children for Success in School and in Life

The Y in Central Maryland is a grantee for Head Start in Baltimore City. We provide children ages 3-5 a high quality early childhood education experience. Our goal is to ensure that every child is ready for school and ready to learn. In fact, Y Head Start children routinely assess higher in school readiness than other assessed children across the state.

We work with families and local communities to strengthen the family unit through comprehensive services:

  • Trained, knowledgeable and helpful staff
  • FREE comprehensive services around education, health, nutrition, mental health and family services
  • Family support and developmentally appropriate learning activities
  • Referral services for resources such as: WIC, Infants & Toddlers, Health Care Providers, Food Pantry, Employment, and Housing
  • Individual Child Progress Reports on what your child knows and can do
  • Parenting workshops, trainings, and field trips
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Complimentary Y family membership while families are enrolled in the program

Children are enrolled based on a selection system that ranks families by need. All children, including those with disabilities and those who are in foster care or are experiencing homelessness are welcome. 

Get a better idea of our impact and performance by viewing our 2020 Community Report.


Program Details

Y Head Start serves children ages 3-5 with an intentional focus to develop school readiness skills. Children are prepared to enter kindergarten ready to learn.

  • Children ages 3-5
  • Monday-Friday from September through June
  • Full-day program from 8:30am-2:30pm
  • On-site IEP services for children with disabilities
  • Nutritious meals (breakfast, lunch, snack)
  • Complimentary family membership to the Y while enrolled in the program
  • Must reside in Baltimore City to participate

CURRICULUM

We use the Creative Curriculum; a developmentally appropriate program that promotes children’s social-emotional development and learning in the core areas of:

  • literacy
  • mathematics
  • science
  • social studies


Education Through Movement

I Am Moving, I Am Learning is an education through movement program that supports health and wellness while teaching/reinforcing academic concepts related to math, science and literacy. Through music and movement, educators are able to stimulate problem-solving and critical thinking skills and reinforce a variety of academic concepts while developing the motor system and laying the foundation for a positive attitude towards physical activity.

Y preschool specialists provide 30 minutes a week of I Am Moving, I Am Learning programming using monthly themes to incorporate the Head Start Performance Outcomes for Math and Science and support the school readiness indicators identified by the Maryland Model for School Readiness. Additionally, they provide training to parents so they are familiar with the songs and understand the concepts being taught/reinforced.

I Am Moving, I Am Learning is funded by a grant through Giant Food's Our Family Foundation.

 


How to Enroll Your Child

TO GET STARTED: 

Review the list of locations below to see if we serve your area. Create a Head Start account to submit the pre-registration application to determine eligibility for the program. A member of our team will contact you with additional information. To start, click the button below, then click the REGISTER button on the next page.

Pre-Registration Application


You may also email us at shanelleengland@ymaryland.org. The Family Service Advocate or Family Development Specialist will explain the enrollment process and arrange a time to meet with you to complete an application. Please be prepared to bring the following documents:

  • Proof of age (birth certificate or legal document for child 3-5)
  • Proof of Residency (current lease, phone bill, BGE, etc.)
  • Proof of Income (W2, tax form 1040, 2 current consecutive check stubs, SSI, child support, etc.)

Children are enrolled based on a selection system that ranks families by need. Upon enrollment you must provide:

  • A record of your child’s immunizations
  • Documentation of your child’s most recent physical and lead test/level
  • Other supporting documents as requested


Locations

Y Head Start services are available at the following locations:

BELAIR HEAD START
4605 Belair Road, 21206
DICKEY HILL HEAD START
(Dickey Hill Elementary/
Middle School)
5025 Dickey Hill Road, 21207
Y PRESCHOOL
AT WEINBERG
900 E. 33rd Street, 21218
EAST FAYETTE HEAD START
1116 E. Fayette Street, 21202
EDGEWOOD HEAD START
(Edgewood Elementary School)
1900 Edgewood Street, 21216
EDMONDSON HEAD START
(Edmondson/Westside High School)
501 N. Athol Avenue, 21229
ELGIN HEAD START
2030 Elgin Avenue, 21217
HILTON HEAD START
(Dr. Nathan A. Pitts/Ashburton
Elementary/Middle School)
3835 Hilton Road, 21215
KIRK AVENUE HEAD START
2525 Kirk Avenue, 21218
LINDEN HEAD START
(Dorothy I. Height
Elementary School)
2011 Linden Avenue, 21217
NORTH BEND HEAD START
(North Bend Elementary/
Middle School)
181 North Bend Road, 21229
NORTH CHESTER HEAD START
(The Commodore
John Rodgers School)
100 N. Chester Street, 21231
PAYSON HEAD START
(Matthew A Henson
Elementary School)
1600 N. Payson Street, 21217
PENNSYLVANIA HEAD START
(Furman L. Templeton
Preparatory Academy)
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, 21217
SHERWOOD HEAD START
(Leith Walk Elementary/
Middle School)
1235 Sherwood Avenue, 21239
WEST PRESTON HEAD START
(The Historic Samuel
Coleridge-Taylor
Elementary/Middle School)
507 W. Preston Street, 21201
YORKWOOD HEAD START
(Yorkwood Elementary School)
5931 Yorkwood Road, 21239
 

 

PUBLIC RELEASE: The Y in Central Maryland announces participation in the MSDE Child and Adult Care Food Program.