Baltimore Attendance Collaborative

Summary

Family League of Baltimore provides the Baltimore School Climate Collaborative staffing support and facilitation resources to ensure successful implementation of their strategic plan. In addition, Family League plays a critical role in ensuring the work is connected to the many initiatives across the organization including, but not limited to, the Community School Network, My Brother's Keeper, B'More for Healthy Babies and Food Access Services. Additionally, the network of fifty-four Community Schools provides a place for innovation to incubate ideas and strategies to improve school climate and attendance. Examples of this work include funding a Pre-K - 5 Community School to integrate afterschool enrichment partners into the regular school day during the last month of school to improve attendance.


The Collaborative represents over forty organizations including service providers, Baltimore City Public Schools, local philanthropy, city agencies and advocates. Collectively this group has developed strategies that illustrate how local government can work with school districts, communities and philanthropic partners to provide resources and support to school leaders in improving school climate and attendance. These strategies include new ways to reach out to parents and students about attendance, leveraging the Community School Network to incubate innovative strategies to improve school climate and attendance through small grants and they are currently embarking on a new project to develop an online resource hub on school climate.

The Strategy

City Role
While the City does not lead the Collaborative, they play a critical role by connecting strategies across the city to avoid duplication and enhance impact. For example, the Baltimore City Health Department has developed a comprehensive Youth, Health and Wellness strategy where city leaders are working with the Baltimore School Climate Collaborative to identify strategic areas within the plan where the Collaborative can support implementation.

Funding
Funding for the Baltimore School Climate Collaborative has bene generously provided by the Open Society Institute - Baltimore with leveraged support from the Governor's Office of Children and the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Partners
Abell Foundation, Abilities Network, ACLU of Maryland, Advocates for Children and Youth, Alliance for Community, Teachers and Schools, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers, Attendance Works, Baltimore City Public Schools, Baltimore City, Baltimore City Health Department, Baltimore Campaign for Grade Level Reading, Baltimore Community Foundation, Baltimore Dance Crews Project, Baltimore Education Research Consortium, Baltimore Partnership to End Childhood Hunger, Baltimore's Promise, Baltimore Urban Debate League, Behavioral Health Systems Baltimore, Blaustein Philanthropic Group, Cammack Family Fund, Child First Authority, Center for Supportive Schools, Choice Program, Community Conferencing Center, Community Mediation, Family League of Baltimore, Elev8/Humanim, Experience Corps, Family Literacy Coalition, Fellowship of Lights, France-Merrick Fund, Fund for Educational Excellence, Goldsecker Foundation, Higher Achievement, Hoffberger Family Philanthropies, Holistic Life Foundation, It All Adds Up to Five, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, Krieger Fund, Maryland CAN, Maryland Out-of-School Time Network, Marshall Alliance, Maryland Disability Law Center, Mediation Maryland, Mental Health Association of Maryland, Morgan State University, Move This World, Open Society Institute -Baltimore, Outward Bound, Playworks, Public Justice Center, Roberta's House, Sheppard Pratt, Strong City Baltimore, Straus Foundation, Structured Solutions, LLC, Thread, T. Rowe Price Foundation, Teach to Lead, United Way of Central Maryland, University of Baltimore, Truancy Court, University of Baltimore County, University of Maryland - Ben Franklin High School, University of Maryland - Center for School Mental Health, University of Maryland - Positive Schools Center, University of Maryland - Promise Heights, University of Maryland - SWACOS, Wide Angle Youth Media, Women's Giving Circle, Wright Family Foundation

Outcomes

• Doubled the membership of the Collaborative from twenty organizations to over forty.
• In less than two years provided $37,000 in small grants to schools.
• Distributed thousands of attendance materials and tools to schools and neighborhoods illustrating the importance of attendance and how to improve bedtime routines for our youngest students.
• Partnered with Baltimore City Public Schools to change the school uniform policy to ensure students are not being sent home because they do not have a school uniform.
• Partnered with Baltimore City Public Schools to write comprehensive guidance for schools on attendance

Contact Information

Institute for Youth, Education, and Families
pierson@nlc.org

Kim Eisenreich
keisenreich@familyleague.org
2305 N Charles St # 200
Baltimore, MD 21218
(410) 662-5500