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Notice of Issuance for Request for Proposal: Evening Reporting Center for Juvenile Justice System Engaged Youth (Fiscal Year ending June 30, 2020)

The Montgomery County Collaboration Council seeks a qualified vendor to provide Evening Reporting Center (ERC) Services for youth ages 14-17 assigned by the juvenile court as an alternative to secure detention. The ERC will be a structured learning environment focusing on education, positive skill building and treatment. The ERC is a highly accountable service directing youth towards compliance with court/probation requirements. It is intended to prevent future involvement in the juvenile justice system and/or out-of-home placement. The setting is one where youth receive personal attention to manage behaviors and learn life skills.
Funding is provided for operational expenses for one year beginning July 1, 2019.

The full Notice of Issuance can be accessed here.

Final Deadline for Written Questions: April 24, 2019
Deadline for Submission of Proposals: May 3, 2019, 4:00 pm.

County Launches 24/7 Homeless Information Line

County Launches 24/7 Homeless Information Line The County’s Department of Health and Human Services, in partnership with EveryMind, has launched a 24/7 Homeless Information Line, with trained specialists to provide information on County homeless services and shelter resources.  Callers can also provide information about the location of individuals in the community experiencing homelessness.  The reports will be forwarded to community outreach partners who will attempt to locate the individual and offer support and resources. The information line number is 240-907-2688.

A word from our Prevention Coordinator on Opioids

According the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 130 Americans die from an opioid related overdose every day. Opioids, a class of drugs that act on nerve cells in the brain and nervous system to relax the body and relieve pain, are often described as licit (e.g. prescription pain relievers such as oxycodone, hydrocodone and morphine), illicit (e.g. heroin) and synthetic (e.g. man-made drugs such as methadone, fentanyl, tramadol). Synthetic opioids are manufactured using man-made chemicals rather than natural ingredients, resulting most times in higher potency. A drug that is considered highly potent requires only a small amount to give the desired effect. Click here to read more

Free Tax Preparation for households with incomes of $55,000 or less

Free Tax-Preparation Montgomery County’s Community Action Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program provides free tax-preparation services to Montgomery County residents with household incomes of $55,000 or less. VITA is now scheduling appointments for the upcoming tax season. Appointments are available from January 22 to April 15 in Rockville, Silver Spring, Gaithersburg, East County, Wheaton and Germantown. Call 240-777-1123 or visit this website to schedule an appointment.
NEW! Schedule Your Appointment Today!
  • Gaithersburg: Mondays, 3:30 – 7:30 pm
  • Silver Spring: Tuesdays, 3 – 8 pm
  • Rockville: Wednesdays, 11 am – 8 pm
  • East County: Thursdays, 11 am – 4 pm
  • Wheaton: Fridays, 11 am – 4 pm
CAA VITA Days at Additional Locations:

October is National Bullying Prevention Month

October is National Bullying Prevention Month.  Whether you are a parent,  educator,  community member, teen, or kid, you can take a stand against bullying.   Visit the US Dept of Health and Human Service’s website, to find out who is at risk, and what you can do to prevent and respond to bullying.

Check out these FAQ’s from the National Bullying Prevention Center

Here, in Montgomery County, Project Change’s You Have the Power! program helps youth confront the serious problem of bullying head on with a youth-led mentoring program in which older students teach younger students about the characteristics and consequences of bullying and how to reduce it in their communities.

These organizations provide  provides counseling, mentoring, case management and positive youth development programming, through there adolescent counseling programs.  

2018-2019 Seasonal Flu Vaccination Campaign

Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services will offer the following Flu Vaccine Clinics in 2018.

October 15  th

4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Universities at Shady Grove
Building II 
9630 Gudelsky Drive, Rockville

  • FREE.
  • For anyone 6 months of age and older.
  • By appointment only.
  • Flu shots only; No FluMist available.
  • There is now a parking fee. Visitors can park in the Traville Gateway Garage or Shady Grove Garage on weekdays (Mon – Fri; 6 a.m. – 11 p.m.) for $2/hr (Maximum $10/day).  
    See parking map ( pdf).

October 24 th

4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Universities at Shady Grove
Building II
9630 Gudelsky Drive, Rockville

  • For anyone 6 months of age and older.
  • By appointment only; schedule appointments on the County’s website or call 311.  There is no charge for vaccinations.
  • Flu shots only;  No FluMist available.
  • There is now a parking fee. Visitors can park in the Traville Gateway Garage or Shady Grove Garage on weekdays (Mon – Fri; 6 a.m. – 11 p.m.) for $2/hr (Maximum $10/day).  
    See parking map ( pdf).

November 13  th

1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

(ages 3 to 18 years).

Three Locations:

  • Must be accompanied by an adult.
  • FREE.
  • By appointment; schedule appointments on the County’s website or call 311.
  • Flu shots only; No FluMist available.

The ‘A’ in STEAM Workshop Registration

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  • The 'A' in STEAM Workshop Registration

  • Workshop Attendance and Cancellation/No Show Policy:

    This training program is at no cost to participants therefore if you are unable to attend, you must notify us via email cancelling your registration by 12:00PM noon on Tuesday September 18, 2018. Send your cancellation to (Please include the Workshop Name and date in the email.)

    If we do not receive your cancellation or you fail to attend the training your organization will be assessed a $50.00 fee. We encourage you to arrive at least 15 minutes before the beginning of the workshop.

    If you are not associated with an organization then you will be responsible for the fee. Anyone who is assessed a fee will not be allowed to attend future workshops until the fee has been paid.

  • **Registration Deadline: Tuesday September 18, 2018 12:00PM**

    Workshop Title: The ‘A’ in STEAM

    Date: Wednesday, September 19, 2018

    Time: 10:00AM-1:00PM (3 hrs)

    Location: Mid-County Community Recreation Center, 2004 Queensguard Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20906

    Facilitator: Dana Carr, Leaders of Tomorrow Youth Center, Inc. (LTYC)

  • Workshop Description:

    Incorporating the A for the arts only helps to strengthen STEAM concepts and make connections between the creative processes that are needed in the fields of math, engineering, technology and science. Fine tuning technical skills does not mean we should negate or lose sight of creativity. LTYC wants to emphasize the A in STEAM in its instruction, realizing that incorporating the creative elements makes the other components more relatable and easy to understand.

    This session is project based and speaks to the whole child, as teachers learn how to incorporate skills and knowledge from a variety of areas to reinforce strengths and build competency in unfamiliar contents. Research shows that just 38 percent of students enjoy learning STEM subjects, so by implanting the arts into the model, the odds increase that more will take interest–and the more interested they are, the better they will perform, and the higher they will achieve.

    Facilitator Bio:

    Dana Carr, Executive Director, Leaders of Tomorrow Youth Center, Inc.

    Dana has spent years delivering professional development for educators. Having served as an administrator, mentor, teacher, and instructional coach, Dana has a diverse educational background and is passionate about ensuring that all students have equitable access to a quality education: one that is engaging, creative, and student-centered. Dana is committed to empowering educators to implement best-practices.

Mobile Food Market at Montgomery College

The Montgomery College Student Health & Wellness Center for Success’s Mobile Market provides fresh fruits, vegetables, and other foods as part of a partnership between Montgomery College and the Capital Area Food Bank. Food availability is based on a first-come, first serve basis. Bring bags to carry food. No proof of eligibility required..

The food is distributed on campus at no cost to students, faculty/staff and the community. See this flyer for dates and times:




Carmen Poston Travis (240) 567-5253

Benita Rashaw (240) 567-4389

MCPS Summer Programs and Resources for Students

Summer Programs and Resources for Students

Programs and Camps for Students

Extended Learning Opportunities–Summer Adventures in Learning (ELO SAIL)

Extended Learning Opportunities – Summer Adventures in Learning (ELO SAIL) is a free five-week summer program available in 21 selected Title I elementary schools for students entering kindergarten, first, and second grade. Four schools feature a four-hour instructional day of reading, language arts, and mathematics. This summer, 17 schools will extend the program to 6.5 hours. To complement literacy and mathematics instruction in the morning, the extended time expands curricula offerings to include arts and sciences. Montgomery County Public Schools will provide free bus transportation to and from the program from established neighborhood bus stops. Breakfast and lunch are served to each child. Eligibility for this program depends on school of enrollment and other special circumstances. Students must be enrolled in a Title I school to attend. Students who are experiencing homelessness may also attend.


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Extended Learning Opportunities–Summer Title I Enrichment Program (ELO STEP)

The Summer Title I Enrichment Program (ELO STEP) provides an opportunity for traditionally underrepresented students to have increased access to advanced programming in Curriculum 2.0 acceleration and enrichment, advanced mathematics, and center programs. It is available to 1,100 students in third, fourth and fifth grades who are enrolled in a Title I school and meet specific selection criteria. This free five-week program nurtures critical and creative thinking skills through engaging, hands-on rigorous instruction, and will use the infrastructure for the Extended Learning Opportunities–Summer Adventures in Learning (ELO SAIL) program. Eligibility for this program depends on school of enrollment and other special circumstances. Students must be enrolled in a Title I school to attend. Students who are experiencing homelessness may also attend.

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Building Educated Leaders for Life (BELL)

The BELL summer program seeks to:

  • meet the academic needs of each student by providing a Scholastic curriculum in reading and math that aims to catch students up on grade-level concepts five days a week from 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • strengthen basic skills that are preconditions of later learning
  • alleviate the achievement loss that some students may experience over the summer
  • provide both academic and enrichment activities as well as provide three Friday field trips

Breakfast and lunch are served to each child. Eligibility for this program depends on school of enrollment and other special circumstances. Students must be enrolled in a Title I school to attend. Students who are experiencing homelessness may also attend.

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SummerUP (Summer Unleashing Potential)

Summer Unleashing Potential (Summer UP) is a summer program designed to increase academic achievement among students impacted by poverty and/or struggling to meet academic standards. SummerUP will be offered to students in six elementary schools and three middle schools. The academic focus will be on reading, literacy and mathematics, with additional opportunities in arts, engineering, robotics, leadership development and hands-on science experiences as well as field trips.

For more information, contact the Office of School Support and Improvement.

Regional Summer School

The MCPS Regional High School Summer School Program keeps thousands of students engaged and learning over the break. The program is open to all Montgomery County students in grades 9–12, whether enrolled in an MCPS school or not. The program is offered at four high schools.

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Career Readiness Summer Camps

MCPS is hosting career exploration camps for all rising sixth, seventh and eighth grade students. Students will explore skilled and professional careers and match their career goals and interests with academies and high school programs. Students will have an opportunity to explore robotics, culinary arts, engineering, financial management and more at the summer camps.

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Resources for Students

Summer Meals

Students in many summer school or recreation programs are provided meals as part of the Montgomery County summer food program. The program ensures that children in low-income areas continue to receive nutritious meals during the summer months when school breakfasts and lunches are not available. The free meals will be distributed at more than 100 sites throughout the county on weekdays starting June 18 (start dates vary by site). Children 18 and younger are eligible to receive the meals, as are persons with physical and mental disabilities up to 21 years old.

Lunch also will be provided daily to children 18 years and younger on a walk-in basis at several locations throughout the county. For specific information on locations and meal times, click here.

For more information, contact the Division of Food and Nutrition Services at 301-284-4900.

MCPL Summer Read and Learn Program

Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) invites all students to participate in this year’s Summer Reading Program, which began June 9 and will run until September 9. This year’s theme is “Libraries Rock.” Get ready for a summer challenge full of music, exciting programs and fun activities. The program features learning activities, games, book lists, and fun educational events to encourage learning all summer long. Prizes (while supplies last) will also be awarded upon completion of activities. Participants can sign up for the program and keep track of the books they read or have read to them. Registration is available online and at any MCPL branch library.

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Keeping Food Safe From Pantry to Plate- available in 5 languages

This short 2 page brochure, written by Manna’s Jenna Umbriac, is for everyone who eats! It describes what the dates on packages mean and how to determine whether food is safe to eat. The brochure provides shelf-life of common foods, clues to determine food safety, and how to properly store, thaw, cook all types of foods. Request printed copies of “Keeping Food Safe from Pantry to Plate” in bulk quantities English or Spanish by emailing

How do you know if food is safe to eat, even if the label is past the current date or a can is slightly dented? How do you properly store, thaw, cook, and freeze different types of foods? Read CFR’s Food Safety Brochure to find out, available as downloadable PDFs in these languages: English, French, Korean, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese.


If you’d like printed copies of English or and Spanish language brochures, please contact the CFR Director,

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