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Phase One of 10-Year Capital Plan Includes Recommendations for Equitable Allocation of School Construction Dollars

Baltimore County and Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) today released the recommendations from the first phase (PDF) of the Multi-Year Improvement Plan for All Schools (MYIPAS).

MYIPAS is a 10-year capital planning process that will identify and prioritize needed improvements to Baltimore County’s school infrastructure. The first phase focused on high schools. The second phase, focusing on all remaining schools, centers, and programs, is scheduled to be complete in May 2021. A final report is expected by fall 2021.

“Every student in Baltimore County, regardless of their zip code, deserves access to a safe, modern school facility that meets the needs of their community,” said County Executive Johnny Olszewski. “With aging infrastructure and a growing population, we have significant needs at the high school level, and these initial recommendations will serve as a critical resource as we work to ensure equitable allocation of resources throughout the County.”

“We appreciate the efforts of Baltimore County Government in delivering these recommendations. It is incumbent on the Board to carefully evaluate recommendations and next steps given the tremendous facility needs throughout the county and the current economic crisis due to the global pandemic,” said Kathleen Causey, chair of the Board of Education of Baltimore County. “These are challenging times, but it is essential that we continue to move forward with facility improvements.”

“We view the development of this plan as an important step forward on the path toward ensuring that all of our school buildings offer the type of physical environment most conducive for teaching and learning,” said Superintendent Dr. Darryl L. Williams.

Developing Recommendations

The initial recommendations were developed by consultants from CannonDesign, a national architecture and planning company that has led over 1,300 education facility projects across the country, including over 200 education master plans.

CannonDesign took a detailed look at the County’s high school buildings with a focus on educational adequacy and equity, facility conditions, and capacity utilization. In addition, stakeholders were offered an opportunity to provide input in July through an online survey, which received more than 22,000 responses.

Using their findings, CannonDesign developed recommendations for how Baltimore County should prioritize its resources for high school construction, with those facilities and communities with greater need receiving higher prioritization.

Meeting the Needs of Students

The County is projected to have approximately 1,700 more students than seats in its high schools over the next decade, and the consultants found that the County has approximately $1.2 billion worth of capital needs at the high school level. If recent state funding trends continue, it would take 27 years to address all of the County’s high school needs.

The Blueprint for Maryland’s Future (HB 1), which passed the General Assembly with overwhelming support but was vetoed by Governor Larry Hogan, would have allowed the County to meet the needs of its high school students in an estimated 15 years. County Executive Olszewski has urged the General Assembly to override Governor Hogan’s veto.

More information about MYIPAS is available here.

Childcare Subsidies Available for Families Receiving SNAP; Academic Support Centers to Open

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski and Baltimore County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Darryl L. Williams today announced two new initiatives—Childcare Subsidies and Academic Support Centers—designed to help support families of young children during the challenging COVID-19 pandemic.

“We have an obligation to support the working families hit hard by this pandemic as they navigate the multi-faceted challenges presented by COVID-19, a struggling economy and remote learning,” Olszewski said. “These programs will provide support for working parents, and our subsidy will ensure that our lowest-income residents can access the care they need to allow them to continue working.”

“We are pleased that county government and local service providers are working to provide structured environments to assist students with virtual learning and assist families with childcare,” said Superintendent Williams. “Simultaneously, BCPS is continuing to develop its plans to bring small groups of students back into our classrooms as early as November. Today, I will be releasing a timeline with more details about how we will schedule staff and student reentry.”

Childcare Subsidies

Olszewski has allocated up to $7 million to provide childcare subsidies for working families with children ages 5 to 12. The program aims to support low-income working parents who are not able to stay home to manage their children’s remote learning. Eligible families will receive a subsidy of up to $250 per week per child to cover the cost of care at any childcare provider licensed by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE). Families receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits where all parents or guardians in the household are employed will be eligible.

To streamline program access, potentially eligible families will receive a letter with instructions on how to access the online application portal. Letters will be mailed to families by September 28. Families that believe they may be eligible but are not receiving SNAP can apply for SNAP and other assistance at the state’s Department of Human Resources website or call 311 to be connected to the CASH campaign of Maryland for a benefits eligibility screening.

Academic Support Centers

In addition, the Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks, the Y of Central Maryland, and other local daycare providers will open academic support centers to provide full-day, in-person childcare for families of children in Kindergarten to Grade 5. The centers will offer support for virtual learning as well as recreational activities. Students will be grouped in cohorts of up to 14 students. Social distancing and mitigation strategies will be followed, and meals will be provided. SNAP recipients who receive County Childcare Subsidies may use them at the academic support centers.

The Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks will host Learning Centers at its nine PAL Centers sites around the County. These centers are designed to serve disconnected youth identified by the Baltimore County Department of Social Services. These families will be invited to participate, and care will be offered at no cost to the families. Transportation will be available. Meals will be provided by the Maryland Food Bank. Following MSDE approval, these centers will run daily Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

A second group of centers, operated by the Y of Central Maryland, will open in five BCPS elementary schools. The centers will operate beginning Monday, October 5, and will run daily Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Meals will be provided by Baltimore County Public Schools. Fees range from $225 to $250 per week per child. Interested families can apply online now. SNAP recipients who receive County Childcare Subsidies may use them at the academic support centers.

An additional 40 centers, located in BCPS elementary schools, will open Monday, October 12, and will be operated by local daycare providers—Hot Spots Extended Care Program, Kids Place Baltimore, Open Door Before and After School Care, and Play Centers, Inc. Depending on the provider, these centers will begin offering care either at 7 a.m. or 8 a.m. All will end at 6 p.m. Meals will be provided by Baltimore County Public Schools. These centers will charge $250 to $275 per week per child for full-time care. Families interested in these centers should contact the appropriate daycare provider for registration information. SNAP recipients who receive County Childcare Subsidies may use them at the academic support centers.

In total, the 54 academic support centers will be able to serve 1,552 students across Baltimore County.

The list of Baltimore County’s Academic Support Centers is below:

Opening Schedule for Baltimore County Academic Support Centers

Operated by the Department of Recreation and Parks

  • Cockeysville PAL Center, 9836 Greenside Drive, 21030
  • Dundalk PAL Center, 15 Commerce Place, 21222
  • Hillendale PAL Center, 1111 Halstead Road, 21234
  • Lansdowne PAL Center, 2301 Alma Road, 21227
  • Mars Estates PAL Center, 1498 East Homberg Avenue, 21221
  • Scotts Branch PAL Center, 3651 Rolling Road, 21244
  • Shady Spring PAL Center, 8876 Goldenwood Road, 21237
  • Winfield PAL Center, 8304 Carlson Lane, 21244
  • Woodmoor PAL Center, 7111 Croydon Road, 21207

Locations Scheduled to Open Monday, October 5

Operated by the Y

  • Catonsville Elementary School
  • Cedarmere Elementary School
  • Johnnycake Elementary School
  • Westowne Elementary School
  • Woodmoor Elementary School

Locations Scheduled to Open Monday, October 12

Operated by licensed local daycare providers with approved, pre-existing relationships with BCPS (name of daycare provider in parentheses)

  • Carney Elementary School (Open Door)
  • Carroll Manor Elementary School (Play Centers)
  • Chapel Hill Elementary School (Hot Spots)
  • Chatsworth Elementary School (Kid's Place)
  • Church Lane Elementary School (Kid's Place)
  • Cromwell Elementary School (Play Centers)
  • Elmwood Elementary School (Play Centers)
  • Fort Garrison Elementary School (Hot Spots)
  • Franklin Elementary School (Open Door)
  • Fullerton Elementary School (Open Door)
  • Glyndon Elementary School (Kid's Place)
  • Hampton Elementary School (Open Door)
  • Harford Hills Elementary School (Open Door)
  • Honeygo Elementary School (Open Door)
  • Jacksonville Elementary School (Play Centers)
  • Joppa View Elementary School (Open Door)
  • Kingsville Elementary School (Open Door)
  • Lutherville Lab Elementary School (Open Door)
  • Lyons Mill Elementary School (Hot Spots)
  • Mays Chapel Elementary School (Open Door)
  • New Town Elementary School (Kid's Place)
  • Oakleigh Elementary School (Hot Spots)
  • Owings Mills Elementary School (Open Door)
  • Padonia Elementary School (Hot Spots)
  • Pine Grove Elementary School (Open Door)
  • Pinewood Elementary School (Play Centers)
  • Pleasant Plains Elementary School (Hot Spots)
  • Pot Spring Elementary School (Open Door)
  • Reisterstown Elementary School (Kid's Place)
  • Relay Elementary School (Open Door)
  • Riderwood Elementary School (Open Door)
  • Rodgers Forge Elementary School (Hot Spots)
  • Seven Oaks Elementary School (Open Door)
  • Seventh District Elementary School (Hot Spots)
  • Sparks Elementary School (Play Centers)
  • Stoneleigh Elementary School (Play Centers)
  • Summit Park Elementary School (Kid's Place)
  • Timber Grove Elementary School (Hot Spots)
  • Timonium Elementary School (Open Door)
  • Villa Cresta Elementary School (Hot Spots)
  • Vincent Farm Elementary School (Hot Spots)
  • Vincent Farm Elementary School (Open Door)
  • Warren Elementary School (Play Centers)
  • Wellwood Elementary School (Hot Spots)
  • West Towson Elementary School (Play Centers)
  • Westchester Elementary School (Open Door)
  • Woodbridge Elementary School (Open Door)
  • Woodholme Elementary School (Open Door)

Meals Kits To Be Distributed at Seven BCPL Locations Around the County

Baltimore County today announced a new partnership with Baltimore County Public Library (BCPL) and the Maryland Food Bank to provide additional summer meals for youth at seven BCPL locations around the County. This program will complement existing food distribution efforts across Baltimore County.

Beginning Monday, July 20, the Maryland Food Bank will set up sites outside of designated BCPL branches and offer meal kits to youth 18 years of age and younger. Kits will include four to six breakfasts and lunches and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Youth Summer Meals will be available at the below locations during specified days and times:

Arbutus Branch
855 Sulphur Spring Road, Arbutus, Maryland 21227
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3 p.m.

Essex Branch
1110 Eastern Boulevard, Essex, Maryland 21221
Mondays and Wednesdays, 3 p.m.

Hereford Branch
16940 York Road, Hereford, Maryland 21111
Mondays and Wednesdays, 4 p.m.

Lansdowne Branch
500 3rd Avenue, Lansdowne, Maryland 21227
Mondays and Wednesdays, 4 p.m.

North Point Branch
1716 Merritt Boulevard, Dundalk, Maryland 21222
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4 p.m.

Randallstown Branch
8604 Liberty Road, Randallstown, Maryland 21133
Mondays and Wednesdays, 3 p.m.

Woodlawn Branch
1811 Woodlawn Drive, Woodlawn, Maryland 21207
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4 p.m.

Supporting Food Access During the Pandemic

This is the latest effort from Baltimore County to support food access during the pandemic.

Since March, Baltimore County and Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) have provided over four million meals.

Baltimore County, with support from multiple agencies and regional partners, continues to offer food distribution for families on Saturdays at sites across the County. The Baltimore County Department of Aging continues to provide boxes of food to the County’s older adults at designated senior center locations. Through its annual summer meals program, the BCPS Office of Food and Nutrition Services is providing meals for youth 18 years of age and younger (PDF) at over 80 locations.

Residents should check the County’s Food Resources page regularly for updates.

Food insecure residents can find the location nearest them using Baltimore County’s Food Distribution Sites Map.

Residents with questions or who need assistance with food access can call 410-887-2594 or email

Seniors, or individuals contacting us on behalf of a senior with food access needs, can call 410-887-2594 or email

Revised October 16, 2020               
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