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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.  

The ‘A’ in STEAM Workshop Registration

  • Youth Development Community of Practice

  • 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.

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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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.

Open Sites 6/18—8/24

11:00 am — 1:00 pm

TESS Community Services Center • 8513 Piney Branch Road, Silver Spring, MD

Open Sites 6/25—8/10

11:00 am — 12:30 pm

John F. Kennedy High School • 1901 Randolph Road, Silver Spring, MD

Open Sites 7/2—8/10

11:00 am — 12:30 pm

Germantown Library • 19840 Century Blvd., Germantown, MD

Montgomery Knolls Elementary School • 807 Daleview Drive, Silver Spring, MD

11:30 am — 1:00 pm

Forest Oak Middle School • 651 Saybrooke Oaks Blvd., Gaithersburg, MD

Harmony Hills Elementary School • 13407 Lydia Street, Silver Spring, MD

Francis Scott Key Middle School • 910 Schindler Drive, Silver Spring, MD

Lake Seneca Elementary School • 13600 Wanegarden Drive, Germantown, MD

Middlebrook Mobile Home Park • 19515 Frederick Road, Germantown, MD

12:00 pm — 1:30 pm

Fairland Elementary School • 14315 Fairdale Drive, Silver Spring, MD

Roberto W. Clemente Middle School • 18808 Waring Station Road, Germantown, MD

Col. E. Brooke Lee Middle School • 11800 Monticello Avenue, Silver Spring, MD

Open Sites 7/9—8/3

11:00 am — 12:30 pm

Viers Mill Elementary School • 11711 Joseph Mill Road, Silver Spring, MD

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.

 Our goal is to provide meals to as many children as possible!

Does My Program Qualify for Summer Meals? 

The program must be located in a school or at a location close to a school where 50% of the students enrolled are eligible for free or reduced price meals. If the school is a middle or high school, the closest elementary school must have the 50% free/reduced student enrollment.

If the program is not located in a school where the 50% free/reduced student enrollment exists, the program may still qualify based on the actual list of enrollees.

The program needs to be supervised by a person responsible for ordering meals and insuring that food safety standards are met. The supervisor MUST be present during meal time.

If My Program Qualifies, How Do I Get Started?

Contact the Division of Food & Nutrition Services at 301.284.4900.

You will be scheduled to attend a training and will learn how to order, store and distribute meals.

What if I Don’t Have a Program, But I Have a Child and Want Him/Her to Receive Summer Meals? 

Contact the Division of Food & Nutrition Services at 301.284.4900 or click here for the walk-in locations throughout the county.

For More Information: or 301.284.4900

FEMA Emergency Food and Shelter application to receive funds

Montgomery County, MD anticipates receiving an award for Phase 35 of the FEMA Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) which are Federal dollars used to supplement and expand emergency service programs in the County. The deadline for submitting an application is April 27, 2018 at 3:00p.m. There will be an application orientation on April 19, 2018 at 10:30am at 2020 East West Highway, Silver Spring, MD. To attend, please RSVP at
For applications contact:
  • Linda Frazier
  • Vice-Chair
  • Montgomery County, MD Emergency Food & Shelter Program Local Board
  • Phone: 240-485-3013
  • E-Mail:
  • 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 .  

    Tips for helping your children during times of distress.

    Everymind. of Montgomery County  has put together  some tips for having these difficult conversations:
    • Find an appropriate time and location
    • Initiate the conversation
    • Remember that age matters
    • Listen Authentically
    • Agree to Disagree
    • Be Aware of Signs of Distress
    • Take Care of Yourself
    Read about these and other tips on their blog.  

    Professional Development Webinars in February for Youth Workers

    The Community of Practice of the Montgomery County Collaboration Council has the following webinars available for Youth WorkersYouth Today is now offering a webinar series on engaging youth in the out-of-school time. The topics have been carefully selected based on critical issues in the field and are intentionally designed to connect current research with practice and to bridge the gap between the two arenas. Each webinar in the series is a short 30 minute presentation.
  • Engaging African American Youth in Reading During OST
    Date:Wednesday February 7, 2018
    Time: 12:00 pm
    Description: This webinar will focus on engaging African American youth in reading during the out-of-school time. Presenters include Ann M. Bennett from Kennesaw State University in Atlanta, Daneell Moore from Troy University in Alabama, and Tim Adams, from Wesley House in Knoxville.
    Register here

  • Practitioners Doing Research. How can it improve OST?
    Date:Wednesday February 14, 2018
    Time: 12:00 pm
    Description: This webinar is about Practitioners Doing Reseach: How can it improve OST programs. Our presenters are Devan Blackwell of BE After 3 and Sara Cole, from the YMCA of Greater Rochester.
    Register here

  • Culturally-Based Programs to support English Language Learners in OST
    Date:Wednesday February 21, 2018
    Time: 12:00 pm
    Description: This webinar is about engaging youth in English language learning during the out of school time. The presenters are Patricia Garcia-Arena who is a senior researcher at the American Institutes for Research and Sil Ganzo who is a founder and Executive Director of OurBridge Out-of-School Time program in Charlotte North Carolina.
    Register here

  • Community Wide Partnerships
    Date:Wednesday February 28, 2018
    Time: 12:00 pm
    Description:This webinar will focus on how community partnerships can help to improve the quality of offerings during the out of school time. The presenters are Dr. Ken Anthony from the Connecticut Afterschool Network, Nancy Puglisi from the Consolidated School District of New Britain, and Maggie Winiarski from New Britain Parks, Recreation and Community Services.
    Register here

  • Today is #ThankYourMentor Day

    Today is #ThankYourMentor day, a day to celebrate the power of mentoring and relationships. Celebrate your mentor by sharing your stories, quotes, videos, and photos on social media using the #ThankYourMentor hashtag.

    Download your own “My Mentor…” sign here, write a message about why you’re thankful for your mentor, and share a photo or video on social media about your mentor including #ThankYourMentor. Tag your mentor as well! Learn more about the campaign here.

    Retweet our messages of thanks throughout the day and encourage others to share their mentoring stories as well! here.

    Retweet our messages of thanks throughout the day and encourage others to share their mentoring stories as well!

    You can download the National Mentoring Partnership’s Toolkit, and view our Mentoring Resource Guide.   

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