Let's give students an opportunity to thrive!

During the holiday giving season, it’s important for us to continue to provide much needed support to our area families and students. This year, through our Baskets of Joy Campaign, we are asking for your donations to help us create holiday baskets filled with items and opportunities for students.

These five baskets are being created for our children and your donations will help make these special. Our goal is to distribute the dinner baskets by December 20th  so please make your contribution by December 13

Holiday Dinner Basket

A donation of $50 will help fill this basket with a turkey and all the trimmings for a delicious holiday dinner. 

Fitness Basket

A donation of $100 will provide one hour of coaching with a fitness instructor; $50 buys a Middle School fitness bag with equipment; $25 buys an Elementary School fitness bag with equipment

Culinary Arts Basket

A donation of $150 will buy one hour of instruction, and $250 would buy a student cooking supply kit.

Math Night Opportunity Basket

A donation of $500 pays for light dinner, instruction, and take-home supplies for families

Academic Opportunity Basket

A donation of $2800 pays for one teacher for 30 weeks of instruction

Our Goal

The goal of the campaign is to deliver 25 baskets to each of the partner schools we serve. With your help we can make that possible and enrich the lives of elementary and middle school children in Baltimore.

Baskets Received so far
10%

How to Donate

Physical Donations can be dropped off at 3904 Hickory Ave. Suite 200 Baltimore MD 21211 between the hours of 8 am and 1 pm

Make an Online Donation 

Donate by Check

Checks can be mailed to Danista Hunte, 3904 Hickory Ave. Suite 200, Baltimore MD 21211

About Child First

Child First Authority’s mission is to develop youth and strengthen families by providing high quality community schools, after-school and summer learning programs that promote academic achievement, social and emotional well-being, and parent leadership. During the holiday giving season, it’s important for us to continue to provide much needed support to our area families and students.

Donate Today!

Give a gift and watch it make a difference. Here are a few things even a modest gift can do for our students:
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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