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Judith P. Hoyer Program

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Judy Centers

Judith P. Hoyer Early Child Care and Family Education Centers ( known as "Judy Centers") provide a central location for early childhood education and support services for children birth through Kindergarten and their families who reside in specific Title I school districts across the State of Maryland.  To achieve the goal of school readiness, Judy Center services and programs for young children and their families are typically available 10–12 hours a day, year round.

Judy Centers are unique because they promote school readiness through collaboration with community-based agencies, organizations, and businesses.  This integrated approach promotes program and service delivery that is conveniently located in or near Title I schools, ensuring that young children who may begin school at a deficit are given opportunities to start their formal education on a level playing field with their peers.

Click here for Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Judy Centers.

Click here for a current list of Judy Centers,  presented alphabetically by county or jurisdiction.  The list also contains contact information for each Judy Center Coordinator.

Click here for "An Analysis of Influence of Judy Center Services on the MMSR Kindergarten Assessment Outcomes 2008-2009."

To read the MGT America Judy Center Evaluation Report click on the following links:

Judith P. Hoyer Early Care & Education Enhancement Program Final Report: part 1

Judith P. Hoyer Early Care & Education Enhancement Program Final Report: part 2

Judith P. Hoyer Early Care & Education Enhancement Program Executive Summary

Contact Information
Cheryl DeAtley, Judy Center Partnerships Specialist
Division of Early Childhood Development
Maryland State Department of Education
200 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone:  (410) 767-0586
Fax:  410-333-6226
Email:  cdeatley@msde.state.md.us
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