Partner Schools

Child First Authority serves over 1000 students in Out of School Time in 12 schools, spanning 10 neighborhoods. Child First is also the Community School lead agency at 10 of those schools with enrollment of 5000 students. Please see the listings below to indicate what programs are available at the specific schools.

Each program is filled with high-quality academic enrichment and diverse cultural/physical programs, as well as providing snacks and supper.

Currently Child First has Community School Coordinators at 10 of our partner schools:

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    1995/1996
    1995/1996
    Voter accountability session with the Mayoral candidates; Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development organized listening campaign with citizens that identified afterschool programming as key need in the city; City Ordinance granted that created Baltimore Child First Authority.
    1996
    1996
    Kermit "KC" Burton named first Executive Director of Child First Authority.
    1997
    1997
    Carol Dunston Reckling named Executive Director.
    1997
    1997
    Governor Parris Glendening earmarked $500,000 in dedicated state funding to Child First Authority; earmark still exist in state budget today.
    2000
    2000
    Grant from Abell Foundation to develop our own curriculum to boost academics in Out of School Time Program.
    2000
    2000
    Received initial funding from
    Family League of Baltimore.
    2002
    2002
    “We are not leaving without a meeting.” Action against Department of Human Resources to maintain state earmark.
    2004
    2004
    CFA held the first Show What You Know student showcase.
    2008
    2008
    High Expectations - In partnership with Baltimore City Public Schools Office of Partnerships, Communications & Community Engagement, CFA worked with William H. Lemmel and Garrison Middle School students to create a school climate and culture that supports relationships of trust with students and their parents and facilitates intervention strategies.
    2009
    2009
    CFA began CFA Art Core, an initiative that placed visual and performing community artists at each afterschool site to facilitate high-quality arts instruction.
    2009
    2009
    Baltimore Education Coalition created and Child First serves as a lead organizing member
    2012
    2012
    Family League launches Community School Strategy and CFA becomes lead agency for community schools and OST sites
    2015
    2015
    CFA plays pivotal role in 21st Century Building Design process at Dorothy I. Height Elementary School (then John Eager Howard)
    2016
    2016
    Carol Reckling retires after 19 years at the helm
    2016
    2016
    Danista E. Hunte named 3rd Executive Director
    2020
    COVID-19
    RESPONSE
    2020
    CFA Family and Community Engagement Team established during the global COVID-19 pandemic to share community resources and to provide family engagement workshops and events for parents and community
    2020
    2020
    14 Community School Sites and OST sites
    2020-21
    2020-21
    Provided virtual programming to children and families all while living through a global pandemic
    2021
    2021
    Celebrating 25 Years!
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    1995/1996
    The Beginning
    1996
    CFA's First Executive Director Appointed
    1997
    Carol Dunston take charge
    1997
    $500,000 in State funding
    2000
    Support From the Abell Foundation
    2000
    Support From the Family League
    2002
    Funding In Jeopardy
    2004
    Spotlight on the kids
    2008
    High Expectations
    2009
    Art Core
    2009
    CFA Leads
    2012
    Community Schools
    2015
    21st Century Schools
    2016
    Carol Reckling retires
    2016
    Danista Hunte
    2020
    Covid-19 Response
    2020
    14
    2020-21
    Virtual Programming
    2021
    25 Years!
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