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HABC Opens New Early Head Start Center in Cherry Hill

HABC Opens New Early Head Start Center in Cherry Hill Educational resources available to help children and their families succeed

(Baltimore, MD – February 1, 2017) – Housing Authority of Baltimore City (HABC) Acting Executive Director Michael Braverman joined elected officials, the Maryland Family Network, the HABC Board of Commissioners, the HABC Resident Advisory Board, community partners, and families for a grand opening celebration at the new Our House Early Head Start Center in Cherry Hill on Tuesday. The program, which is operated through HABC’s Office of Resident Services and funded through the Maryland Family Network, serves pregnant women and young children who live in public housing, as well as in the greater community.

“We thank the Maryland Family Network, the France-Merrick Foundation, and the Maryland General Assembly for supporting HABC’s first Early Head Start program,” said Acting Executive Director Braverman. “Through this program, we can help prepare children for school, as well as provide parents with a continuum of educational, employment, parental, and social services that foster economic self-sufficiency.”

The funding to create the new center included a $250,000 Early Head Start grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; $200,000 from the France-Merrick Foundation; and $50,000 from a Community Development Bond Bill passed by the Maryland General Assembly.

"Maryland Family Network is thrilled to expand our Family Support and Early Head Start services into the Cherry Hill and surrounding communities," said Margaret Williams, Executive Director, Maryland Family Network. "We hope the babies, toddlers, and families who visit Our House will very soon think of it as their house.”

The new center, which officially opened its doors in November 2016, offers an infant/toddler child development program and peer support, home visiting services, parent education workshops, and a host of other resources for parents. Currently, there are 42 participants enrolled in both the center-based and home-based programs. The program’s capacity is 57 participants.

ABOUT HABC: HABC was established in 1937 to provide federally-funded public housing programs and related services for Baltimore's low-income residents. HABC is one of the largest public housing authorities in the country. To learn more, visit www.baltimorehousing.org. The Office of Resident Services promotes self-sufficiency and economic independence through services designed to build strong foundations and enhance the quality of life. Families interested in the Our House Early Head Start Program may call 410.396.8469.

ABOUT MARYLAND FAMILY NETWORK: Maryland Family Network's mission is to ensure that young children and their families have the resources to learn and succeed. Learn more at marylandfamilynetwork.org or Tweet us @mdfamilynetwork.

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