What services do Judy Centers offer?

Through collaborative partnerships with community agencies, organizations and businesses, Judy Center services are comprehensive with strong links to schools and community programs.

Judy Centers Partnerships must include:

  • Pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and preschool special education
  • The local Maryland Infants and Toddlers Program
  • Collaboration with Family Support Network
  • Child care providers to ensure the availability of high quality full-time child care and before and after school programs
  • The Family Support Networks serving the birth-21 population with special needs at the public school system

Judy Centers must also integrate into their activities at least five of the following community partners:

  • Public libraries
  • Child Care Resource Centers
  • Head Start
  • Healthy Families
  • Family Support Centers
  • Early childhood programs associated with colleges or universities
  • Other home visiting, community health, and family support services partners

Judy Centers are monitored on a regular basis and are required to meet the following 12 Component Standards:

I. Full Day/Full Year Programming

II. Provision of Breakfast/Lunch

III. Service Coordination and Family Support

IV. Integration of Early Education Services

V. Family Involvement

VI. Early Identification/Intervention 

VII. Inclusion of Young Children with Disabilities

VIII. Health Services

IX. Professional Development

X. Adult Education/Family Literacy

XI. Maryland EXCELS/Accreditation/Validation

XII. Judy Center Partnership/Leadership

A list of the 12 Component Standards is available here (PDF).