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August Newsletter

Program Director Angelique Jessup Gives Families Back-to-School Tips on Straight Talk with Mike Gimbel

As we start a new year, the Fund extends our well wishes for a safe and successful school year to all of our amazing City Schools staff, students and their families.

To help City Schools students and families start the school year off right, Angelique Jessup Ph.D., Program Director at the Fund; Shana McIver, Director of Family Engagement at Baltimore City Public Schools; and Nerissa Holder Hall, founder of Mirror Mirror Books, shared tips and advice for families regarding Back-to-School Readiness and How to Set Children Up for School Success on Straight Talk with Mike Gimbel.

Featured guests covered various topics on how families can support their child throughout the year, including: ways to engage in their child’s learning, how to advocate on their child’s behalf, and ways to ease their child’s anxieties about returning to in-person learning. We’ve highlighted their insights in our recent blog:

Read Tips and Watch Episode Here

Supporting Families through the Chicago Parent Program

The Chicago Parent Program (ChiPP) is an early-childhood development program for parents of pre-school aged children. The 12-session program guides parents in effective strategies to reduce behavioral challenges, solve common parenting problems, and foster their children’s learning. ChiPP has worked with more than 500 Baltimore parents since the program’s implementation in 2014.

We’re excited to start up fall sessions in six school communities: Commodore John Rodgers School, Furman L. Templeton Elementary School, Arlington Elementary School, Arundel Elementary School, Harford Heights Elementary School, and Wolfe Street Academy

Learn more about the Chicago Parent Program at

Happy Retirement to Rose Greene!

The Fund is both delighted and saddened to announce the retirement of our esteemed colleague, Rose Greene. Rose joined the Fund in 2019 and has been an amazing addition to the organization as well as an invaluable asset to our Finance and Fiscal Sponsorship Services teams. In addition to her extensive experience in financial operations, Rose brought with her a commitment to excellence, a team player attitude and a wonderful sense of humor. While she will be greatly missed, the Fund extends our best wishes to Rose as she embarks on this exciting next chapter.

Of Note:

Additional insights, updates and resources:

  • Join us in thanking principals for all that they do, as we offer our best wishes for a successful school year, through the ongoing Heart of the Schools “Share Some Love for a City Schools Principal” campaign! Submit your messages, here.
  • MOST’s free College and Career Readiness Toolkit is a comprehensive guide to help middle and high school out-of-school time programs get focused on building 21st century skills and supporting young people as they navigate through the complex world of planning for their advanced education and careers. Access the toolkit at
  • Baltimore’s Promise is seeking middle and high school students to help City Schools promote in-school learning this fall. Youth will be paid $150 to spread the word on social media. Learn more and sign up, here.
  • Looking for free resources to support equitable work-based learning, helping students find a good postsecondary fit, and/or policies & practices that promote equity in schools? Check out FourPoint Education Partners’ free resource page, here.
  • Check out the Mayor’s Office of Children and Family Success’ latest newsletter for resources to make this school year successful and hear what some students and parents are most excited about, here.

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