Supporting School Readiness
Did you know that the first five years are the most important in your child’s development? Did you know that studies show that the early experiences your child has, in the years from birth through kindergarten, will have a huge impact on your child’s future health, happiness and learning? Since we know that these early years are so important, we want to make the most of them. The Somerset County Judy Center Partnership is now open, serving the Princess Anne and Greenwood Elementary School areas. So the big question is what in the world is a Judy Center Partnership? The Judith P. Hoyer Early Child Care and Family Education Centers or "Judy Centers," were created by the Maryland State Department of Education and serve children birth through Kindergarten and their families in an effort to increase the number of children entering school ready to learn. Judy Centers promote school readiness through collaboration with community-based agencies, organizations and local businesses. Judy Center staff will be present at both Greenwood and Princess Anne elementary schools and we will work to coordinate programming run through our local partner programs, including the library, the public schools, child care, the Health Department and Healthy Families (to name a few). In short, the Judy Center is here in our community to help you and your family.
Judy Centers are named after the late Judith P. Hoyer, an early childhood advocate and Supervisor of Early Childhood Education for Prince George's County, Maryland Public Schools. In 1993, with the opening of the Early Childhood and Family Learning Center in Adelphi, Maryland, Mrs. Hoyer brought to life an innovative vision for housing educational and other community services in one building. This unique approach provided collaboration among specialists in various programs to better serve children and their families.
After her death in 1997, "Judy Centers" began opening across the state with state grant funds provided by the Maryland State Department of Education to carry out her legacy.
Thousands of young children and their families are benefiting from Mrs. Hoyer's expertise and foresight. Somerset County is thrilled to mark the opening of its first Judith P. Hoyer Center serving Princess Anne and Greenwood Elementary Schools.
The Somerset County Judy Center
Princess Anne Elementary
11576 Lankford Street
Princess Anne, Md. 21853
Karen Karten, Early Childhood/Judy Center Coordinator
Jamie Jenkins, Family Service Coordinator
Mary Lou Fineran, Family Literacy Coordinator
Marlena Turner, Administrative/Data Assosciate