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Register Now for August Community of Practice Workshops!

Our Youth Development Community of Practice (CoP)offers professional learning opportunities for youth development practitioners serving young people in Montgomery County. Please join us at our upcoming CoP Workshops: “The Friday Series”
  • Reframing Conflict (Friday August 4, 2017)
  • Structure and Clear Limits(Fridays August 4, 2017 & August 18, 2017)
  • Active Learning (Friday August 11, 2017)
  • Ask – Listen – Encourage (Friday August 18, 2017)
  • Building Community (Friday August 25, 2017)
  • Cooperative Living  (Friday August 25, 2017)
To register visit the CoP registration page, for program descriptions and times, please see the August flyer.

Addressing Food Security in Your Afterschool and Summer Learning Program

Food is the one afterschool and summer learning program component necessary for survival. Food security is something we deal with daily.
Students or staff might ask themselves on any given day:
  1.  Did I eat?
  2.  Did I have enough to eat?
  3.  What would I like to eat?
Increasingly, students rely on school cafeteria food for food security. Many in our programs eat breakfast, lunch and a snack or meal during our care; many have nothing to eat when they go home. We have opportunities to play a vital role in the food security of the students we serve.

This article, originally appeared in the Spring 2017 issue of AfterSchool Today magazine, offers insight and ways to adapt your role in students’ food security to help them achieve the goals and vision your program has identified to help address community needs.

Summer Read and Learn 2017 – Build a Better World.

Summer Read & Learn for children, teens, and adults runs June 10–September 10!
  • Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) invites all students to participate in this year’s Summer Reading Program, which will run June 10 to September 10. This year’s theme is “Build a Better World.”
  • Children can register on-line or in person at any of the MCPL Branch libraries.

Healthy & Free lunch for Children 18 & under this summer

Summer Programs

Children 18 years of age or younger may come to any of these locations Monday through Friday to receive a healthy and nutritious lunch.

No appointment is necessary; but the lunch must be eaten at the location.

Argyle Middle School

2400 Bel Pre Road • Silver Spring, MD

July 10 — 28 • 11:00 AM-12:00 PM

City of Faith

8051 Cessna Avenue, Suite 160 • Gaithersburg, MD

June 19 — Sept. 1 • 2:00-2:30 PM

Fox Chapel Elementary School

19315 Archdale Road • Germantown, MD

June 26 — August 4 • 11:00 AM-1:00 PM

Gaithersburg
Elementary School

35 North Summit Avenue • Gaithersburg, MD

July 10 ­— August 11 • 11:00 AM-12:00 PM

Key Middle School

910 Schindler Drive • Silver Spring, MD

June 26 ­— August 4 • 11:00 AM-12:00 PM

Middlebrook Mobile

19515 North Frederick Road • Germantown, MD

June 26 — August 4 • 11:30 AM-1:00 PM

North Creek Community Center

20125 Arrowhead Road • Montgomery Village, MD

June 19 — August 11 • 12:30-2:00 PM

Northwood High School

919 University Blvd., West • Silver Spring, MD

June 26—August 4 • 11:00 AM-12:00 PM

Watkins Mill High School

10301 Apple Ridge Road • Gaithersburg, MD

June 26—August 4 • 11:00 AM-12:00 PM

Interested in receiving meals for your summer program?

The Summer Meals Program is designed to provide nutritious meals at no cost to children 18 years of age and younger. Approximately 35% of MCPS students are eligible for free and reduced price meals; and this program is designed to bridge the “nutrition gap” when school is out. 

The MCPS Division of Food and Nutrition Services is the summer food service sponsor in Montgomery County and about 9,500 children are served at approximately 120 locations each day.

Promoting a Welcoming Environment for Immigrant Students

The Center for Education Equity (CEE) at MAEC, through their Exploring Equity Issues series, offer this information on this emerging topic of “Providing a welcoming environment for immigrant students.”

Immigrant students face multiple obstacles when adjusting to their new lives in the United States. Their formative years are spent in school and this environment has a profound effect on shaping their future as productive citizens. Schools can help ease their transition and in fact, must.

The US Dept of Education guidelines remind schools that in order to comply with federal laws, they must ensure “that students are not barred from enrolling in public schools at the elementary and secondary level on the basis of their own citizenship or immigration status or that of their parents or guardians.” Once enrolled, schools can find ways to help these students flourish.

Summer Programs for Youth

School is almost out, it’s not too late to sign-up for camps to keep them active and engaged.  Montgomery County’s Department’s  of Recreation and Parks offer the following camps:
MCPS Summer Meals Program The Summer Meals Program is designed to provide nutritious meals at no cost to children 18 years of age and younger. Approximately 35% of MCPS students are eligible for free and reduced price meals; and this program is designed to bridge the “nutrition gap” when school is out. The MCPS Division of Food and Nutrition Services is the summer food service sponsor in Montgomery County and about 9,500 children are served at approximately 120 locations each day. Our goal is to provide meals to as many children as possible! Children 18 years of age or younger may come to any of these locations Monday through Friday to receive a healthy and nutritious lunch.

Youth Cruiser Summer Passes


Ride On makes it easy for those under 18 to travel around the County in the summer by offering the Youth Summer Pass, which is loaded onto a Youth Cruiser SmarTrip Card. The Pass allows kids to take unlimited Ride On trips between June 1 and August 31 for a flat fee of $18.

Starting May 16, purchase the Youth Summer at the TRiPS Commuter Stores in Silver Spring, 8404 Colesville Road and Friendship Heights, 17 Wisconsin Circle; the Montgomery County Treasury Office, 255 Rockville Pike, Suite L-15, Rockville; online at www.SmarTrip.com, or at select CVS and Giant locations. See the complete list of locations.

Kids Ride Free hours continue during the summer. The summer pass can be used for all other rides when regular fares apply.

Kids who don’t have the Youth Cruiser SmarTrip Card can buy one for $2 at any County library with proof of age and residency. The card, which is designed for County residents who are in kindergarten through 12th grade, allows students to participate in Kids Ride Free and take advantage of discounted youth monthly and summer passes.

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. In our community, government and non-profit agencies work together to
  • Protect children and assist parents or caretakers in providing proper care and attention to children
  • Remedy and decrease the risk of continuing abuse and neglect
  • Provide an alternate plan of care for children when parents or caretakers are unable to proved proper and safe care for them;
Maryland’s Dept of Human Resources, offers these resources on identifying signs of neglect or abuse.

The National Child Welfare information gateway offers tip sheets in English and Spanish on such subjects as:

Locally, these agencies work together to prevent child abuse and investigate reports of suspected child abuse and neglect .

If you are a youth-serving practioner, consider attending Montgomery County Collaboration Council’s  Community of Practice’s Domestic Juvenile Sex Trafficking-Recognition Workshop This workshop is free and will be offered on Thursday, May 4th.  Contact Leteria Bailey to enroll.

Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week returns April 24 – 28

There truly has never been a more important time in our nation to honor those who dedicate their careers to serving youth in out-of-school time settings. Hear Our Roar—Join the Thunderclap!
  • The BEST opportunity to share the event with a mass audience is to join the National Afterschool Association’s  Thunderclap. Thunderclap makes going viral possible by sending a single message about Appreciation Week at the same moment, across all social channels, so it rises above the noise. You can join the movement by donating both your personal and organization followers. Let’s make a boom!
  • Make Plans to Celebrate: Families, leaders, and community members can all celebrate afterschool professionals. Download ideas here.
  • Post on Social Media: Find sample posts and downloadable graphics here and a promotional video here. Include the hashtag #heartofafterschool in your posts!
  • Share with Community Leaders, Members & Families: Send an email to colleagues and families, a press release to the media and rally your local officials to proclaim April 24 – 28 Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week. Click here to access resources.
  • And don’t forget to show your appreciation for Montgomery County’s local out of school time programs.  infoMONTGOMERY’s Youth Development Resource Guide has many resources that support families with school-aged youth and youth workers.
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