About Our Partners
Apples for Children works to:
- Improve the quality of care and education by providing information and education materials that help families identify, select, and secure child care the best meets their individual needs.
- Promote professional knowledge and skills through professional development, resources and technical assistance.
- Increase family and community awareness by ensuring that information is available to make informed decisions about all aspects of care for children.
1825 Howell Road, Suite 3; Hagerstown, MD 21740
301-733-0000 or 800-924-9188
Boys & Girls Clubs of America has a lineup of tested and proven nationally recognized programs that address today’s most pressing youth issues, teaching young people the skills they need to succeed in life. Locally the Boys & Girls Club of Washington County has implemented many of the nationally tested programs and worked with other local agencies to design and implement other life changing activities.
The Boys & Girls Club develops programs around five Core areas: Character & Leadership; Education & Career Exploration; Health & Life Skills; The Arts; Sports, Fitness, & Recreation. Through the Formula for Impact model, the Boys & Girls Club targets improving each child’s academic success; developing good character and citizenship in each club member; and promotes healthy lifestyles. The Formula for Impact is a road map for Boys & Girls Club to develop a positive club environment that promotes regular attendance. Add targeted programs for issues such as teen pregnancy, homework assistance, and goal setting, and the formula is complete.
805 Pennsylvania Ave; Hagerstown, MD 21742
The Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce is committed to fostering and maintaining a thriving business climate in which our members and community can grow and prosper. We believe that an educated workforce is a strong workforce. We are deepening our relationship with our K-12 public education partners to strengthen literacy and to explore options for our future workforce. One specific initiative is the LaunchGen program, a high school business and entrepreneurship competition. We look forward to the business community working to help all students stay OnTrack.
Paul Frey, President
28 W. Washington Street, Suite 200; Hagerstown, MD 21740
Children’s Enrichment Enterprises, Inc. (CEE), was established “to develop and operate programs of
professional development/educational opportunities for early childhood development/educational staff and support personnel and other interested parties.”
Children’s Enrichment Enterprises, Inc.
1631 Edgewood Place #101; Hagerstown, MD 21740
Phone: 240-420-5789 (office) or 301-331-1672 (cell)
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1 East Franklin Street; Hagerstown, MD 21740
The Washington County Early Childhood Advisory Council (ECAC) supports a community-wide effort to improve school readiness. The ECAC’s purpose is to overcome local school readiness gaps for children with high needs, including children from low-income families, children with disabilities, and English Language Learners, and to improve the early childhood service delivery system to maximize state and local resources for early childhood through collaborations and consistent coordination. Development of a local infrastructure that engages all community members in supporting children’s development before they enter school will create positive change in the lives of young children and our community.
Terri Gwizdala, ECAC Council Coordinator
The Washington County Public Schools Education Foundation seeks to enhance education for all students in Washington County by securing adequate resources to support activities not typically funded by tax dollars, planning special initiatives that promote WCPS to the entire community, and encouraging innovative teaching and learning. The Foundation’s two hallmark initiatives, the Mini-Grant Program and the GLOW Financial Literacy and College Financial Planning Curriculum, align with On Track’s mission to empower Washington County residents through education.
Girls Inc. of Washington County provides after school educational enrichment programs for girls ages 6-18 years old. We support OnTrack by providing programs that focus on life skills that impact academic achievement, careers and life planning, health and sexuality, and leadership development. The life-changing experiences and opportunities girls have at Girls Inc. not only contributes to the success of our youth but also the future and prosperity of our community.
626 Washington Avenue; Hagerstown, MD 21740
GHC’s Education Forum is composed of members of GHC, community stakeholders, and representatives from the educational institutions in our community. The members work collaboratively to identify community strategies that will have a positive impact on education and workforce development in the greater Hagerstown region. Recent initiatives have focused on raising the educational attainment levels in our county and knocking down barriers to post-secondary education and vocational training. They include the creation of a college and career readiness report card – highlighting local benchmarks for our community to track, as well as, “FASFA Frenzy” – an annual event put on by local educational groups to help students and their families complete Federal financial aid applications to pay for college. In addition, the GHC Education Forum initiated the community conversation to create the OnTrack cradle to career network of support in Washington County. This initiative was based on their research on a variety of national models including those under the “Strive Together” umbrella.
Jeanne Singer and Mitesh Kothari, Co-chairs
5 Public Square, Suite 601; Hagerstown, MD 21742
The Hagerstown Area Religious Council (HARC) is a coalition of houses of faith with a mission to foster a city-wide vitality that lifts people out of poverty and improves the quality of life for all.
HARC supports On-Track by partnering with early childhood initiatives, acting as a conduit of information to the faith community, and engaging the faith community in supporting their work. Two primary HARC initiatives are Learning Parties, teaching parents how to prepare their preschool-age children to enter Kindergarten “ready to learn,” and a Community Book Drive, partnering to collect and distribute books to at-risk children ages birth-eleven.
Kathy Powderly, Executive Director
HCC is a state- and county-supported comprehensive community college whose purpose is to offer a diverse array of courses and programs designed for university transfer, career entry or advancement, adult basic skills enhancement, general and continuing education, as well as student and community service. It is part of the College’s mission to deliver educational excellence within a learning community and to foster economic and cultural development through community service and collaboration. The College is charged to provide high quality education at a reasonable cost to meet the post-secondary educational needs of the citizens of Washington County and the surrounding region.
Dr. Julie Horton, Dean of Academic Services and Online Education
11400 Robinwood Drive; Hagerstown, MD 21742
The mission of the YMCA of Hagerstown is to build strong kids, strong families, & strong communities through programs based on Judeo/Christian principles, which build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all.
1100 Eastern Blvd N; Hagerstown, MD 21742
Head Start of Washington County, Inc. is dedicated to making a difference in our community through comprehensive child and family development services. Our mission is to provide children with nurturing, age and developmentally appropriate experiences. To establish a strong foundation for growth and opportunities to achieve school readiness. We strive to empower families to take an active role in their child’s development and to reach their full potential. 90% of our 485 children come from families with incomes below $ 23,000, and over 15% of our children have professionally diagnosed special needs.
Paul G. Pittman, Jr. – Executive Director
325 W. Memorial Blvd; Hagerstown, MD 21740
301-733-0088 x 101
The Hub @ USMH is committed to promoting quality early childhood education, empowering families, advancing educator preparedness, and creating a seamless system of support for youth in need, all through evidence-based school readiness practices.
Kim Halsey, M.Ed., Director of Family and Community Outreach
24 N. Walnut Street; Hagerstown, MD 21740
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.
385 Mill Street; Hagerstown, MD 21740
At Kaplan University Hagerstown, we strive to deliver a best-in-class educational experience with an unmatched commitment to student success. We support OnTrack by providing career-focused associates, bachelors, and master’s degrees in business, health care, information technology, and more.
The attainment of a degree in higher education will provide the residents of Washington County and the tri-state area the education required to meet the demands of local employers.
We are responsive to the needs of adult learners, offering real flexibility and one-on-one attention. The nearly 120 faculty and staff members are committed to helping students make the most of their education.
18618 Crestwood Drive; Hagerstown, MD 21741
Leadership Washington County connects and develops extraordinary leaders deeply committed to fulfilling individual and corporate social responsibility in our community and in the lives of fellow citizens.
Dr. Tara L. Sargent, Executive Director
11 Public Square, Suite 202; Hagerstown, MD 21740
We are committed to link, engage and support all cultures, backgrounds, race, world views, ages and beliefs. We work to promote and support diversity awareness through cultural, educational, recreational, artistic and social programs and leadership.
The diversity of our community is actively growing, and the need to communicate, assist and interact with people from different backgrounds, beliefs and languages is a reality and a challenge. As a result, there is a need to find ways to assist them in reaching service and employment opportunities in the area. Diversity plays an essential role in ensuring a strong inclusive community.
At Maryland Diversity Center we strive to promote awareness and generate increased support by acting as a liaison between our diverse community and the businesses, agencies and the local government providing among other things educational programs, local information and relocation assistance.
20140 Scholar Drive; Hagerstown, MD 21740
PIA is committed to the pursuit of postsecondary education that is both meaningful to the individual and valuable to society. The Institute believes that it serves the dual functions of providing its learners with opportunities, while furnishing the community with its most valuable resources, skilled men and women who possess the willingness to learn and the propensity to mature as contributing members of society.
Butch Adams, Director
14516 Pennsylvania Avenue; Hagerstown, MD 21742
The Hagerstown Rotary Literacy Initiative began in September 2011 with creation of the Rotary Literacy Task Force. Its purpose statement is:
The Hagerstown Rotary Literacy Initiative will advocate for a community-wide movement to increase the number of students entering school ready to learn and decrease the number of elementary school students experiencing summer learning loss.
The Task Force has sought platforms to inform the wider community of the issues and has leveraged its club resources to encourage nonprofit, governmental, and business entities to engage in efforts to address the issues identified in our purpose statement.
PO Box 45; Hagerstown, Maryland 21741
United Way of Washington County, MD is a community impact organization with a vision that all people of Washington County will have the opportunity to realize their hopes, dreams, and potential through our caring community. Through strategic leadership and investments, United Way works with local human service agencies to provide solutions to community problems that will impact community improvement and address critical needs related to these focus areas: education, income, health, and basic needs.
Our work focuses on benefiting all members of our community (demographics, geographically, etc.). UW has several initiatives:
- United Way devotes significant funding for Summer Learning Loss programs hosted by local agencies; provides multi-year funding for education programs related to getting children ready for school (kindergarten) and helping kids progress through school as appropriate.
- 2-1-1 – Providing agencies and resident’s 24 hour access to health and resource call center to get/give help.
- Community wide Day of Caring that traditionally provides assistance to agencies and elderly/disabled homeowners and annually engages more than 800 volunteers.
- Western MD Volunteer Connect – Providing agencies a platform to post volunteer needs and community residents access to an online list of volunteer opportunities to select from.
- Youth United – an engagement group for high school juniors and seniors to be diretly involved with community impact.
- Summer Lead & Learn – a program for area teens to learn hands-on and build leadership skills that are essential to their future success.
Melissa Reabold/ Kathy Saxman
33 West Franklin Street, # 203; Hagerstown, MD 21740
The University System of Maryland at Hagerstown (USMH) is a regional higher education center that offers upper-division-undergraduate and graduate academic programs of the universities within the University System of Maryland at its state-of-the-art facility in downtown Hagerstown. USMH works collaboratively to develop innovative partnerships with local community colleges, businesses, and civic leaders to ensure a seamless and quality learning experience for students.
USMH undergraduate and graduate programs are premier offerings of the USM educational institutions, chosen because they meet the needs of the Washington County business community and of prospective students from Hagerstown and Frederick Community Colleges. Students graduating from USMH programs will be prepared with the knowledge and skills necessary to make positive contributions to society and to thrive in the economy.
Mark Halsey, Executive Director
32 West Washington Street; Hagerstown, MD 21740
The mission of the Community Foundation of Washington County, MD is to inspire, grow and steward philanthropy for the benefit of Washington County. We do this mainly through the creation of endowment funds; we have our own unrestricted endowments from which the nonprofit community can apply for grants aligning with our Strategic Community Impact Plan, which includes the educational goals and strategies established by OnTrack.
Brad Sell, Executive Director
33 W. Franklin St. Suite 203; Hagerstown, MD 21740
The Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission (EDC) is a county government agency that strives to expand economic opportunities for local citizens. In so doing, the agency has become the most effective provider of information and strategic solutions to existing and prospective businesses.
The EDC interacts with a vast network of public, private and nonprofit organizations, including the Maryland Department of Business & Economic Development, to match the business community’s needs with available quality programs and information.
100 West Washington Street, Room 103; Hagerstown, MD 21740
Washington County Free Library system is composed of a Central library, seven branches and a bookmobile. It serves all the citizens of Washington County providing for their informational, educational, cultural and entertainment needs.
The library provides early learning classes for children birth to 5; science and literary classes for K-12 students and concerts, lectures, workshops and entertainment programs for adults. Our libraries have materials for independent learning, do-it-yourself projects and scholarly pursuits as well as entertainment needs for all ages and abilities.
100 South Potomac Street; Hagerstown, MD 21740
Washington County Public Schools (WCPS) remains deeply committed to its vision, “Building a Community that Inspires Curiosity, Creativity, and Achievement,” and the school system works every day to educate and enable all students to fully access opportunities afforded to them in a rapidly changing, diverse, global society.
WCPS employees are honored to have the opportunity to serve this community’s children and families. We are celebrating that honor even more during the 2015-2016 school year which marks the 150th Anniversary of Washington County Public Schools and the Washington County Board of Education. This year provides a unique opportunity for Washington County to celebrate a significant milestone in the history of public education and reflect on years of tradition and success. During our 150th year, teachers and principals will continue shaping and implementing the Maryland College and Career Ready Standards across our core content areas. In this work we continue to build on a rich tradition of success and community excellence. We will complete the implementation of our new student information system—bolstering scheduling, grading, and attendance practices. We will develop enhanced student and parent portals to facilitate better communication between home and school. We are adding twenty-first century technologies across the system, increasing digital access and opportunities for our students and teachers. Our focus on great teaching and learning, improving literacy, and becoming technically proficient will be continued and celebrated. Washington County should be proud of its public school system as we celebrate record-setting accomplishments across a broad spectrum of activities. Our students are excelling in the classroom and the fine and performing arts, and succeeding in a host of academic competitions and athletic activities. Academic and social indicators demonstrate impressive performance and suggest a promising future for this community’s children and young people.
10435 Downsville Pike; Hagerstown, MD 21740
Washington County Family Center
The Washington County Family Center is a community-based, child-centered, and family-focused program that provides on-site services to expectant parents and parents with children under the age of four. Its target population is parents between the ages of 15 and 26. The Family Center provides a comprehensive program of education and social services that meet the individual needs of young parents and their children, in an environment that promotes respect, academic success, and positive parenting.
221 McRand Court, Suite 300; Hagerstown, MD 21740
The Western Maryland Consortium serves the needs of unemployed and underemployed youth, adults and dislocated workers in the three western counties in Maryland through the provision of a range of services including, but not limited to, job search assistance, resume’ development, interview skills, academic remediation, entry computer training, GED instruction and testing, career counseling, interest and academic testing, case management and skill training. Training is available to eligible individuals (per federal guidelines) and is aimed at meeting the needs of employers in the area for a trained workforce.
33 W. Washington Street; Hagerstown, MD 21741