Welcoming Our New Executive Director, Ojeda Hall

We are delighted to introduce Ojeda Hall as the new Executive Director of Child First Authority, beginning April 22, 2024. With a rich background in leadership and community organizing and a profound commitment to the well-being of children and families, Ojeda brings unparalleled expertise and vision to our organization.

Before joining us, Ojeda served as president of the One Love Foundation, where she led significant initiatives aimed at educating young people about healthy and unhealthy relationships. Her more than 15 years of executive and community organizing experience also include leadership roles at the nonprofit Leadership for Educational Equity; Child First’s originating partner, Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development (BUILD); and the New York City Department of Education, Office of Family and Community Engagement. At Leadership for Educational Equity, she won campaigns in eight regions to change policies related to the school-to-prison pipeline, social emotional learning, educational funding formulas and parent engagement. At BUILD, she created the jobs placement program Turnaround Tuesday, which has long been part of Child First’s resource offerings to parents of children in our programs. She also worked with Child First to help mobilize partners to win $1 billion for 21st century school buildings.

Ojeda is dedicated to fostering strategic partnerships, enhancing programmatic offerings, and leading Child First Authority toward new heights of success. Her leadership promises a future of enriched programs, expanded outreach and deep community engagement.

Welcome, Ojeda, to Child First Authority. We look forward to the journey ahead under your guidance.

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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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