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Child WelfareRead More
- Advocate for legislation which permits eligible foster youth to retain federal benefits currently being retained by the state of Maryland.
- Oversee and publicize information about DHR’s implementation of the IV-E Waiver across Maryland Prevent child and infant mortalities across Maryland, especially in Baltimore City.
- Prevent youth homelessness (especially among current & former foster youth.)
- Improve higher education outcomes for foster and unaccompanied homeless youth (UHY.)
Education PolicyRead More
- Respond to legislation and policies related to police in schools and school discipline.
- Monitor BCPS’ data collection on arrests, referrals, and use of force by school police officers.
- Promote positive school climate and the accessibility of data related to school climate.
- Advocate for a disproportionality measure that accurately identifies schools whose practices have a disproportionate impact on students of color and students with disabilities.
- Ensure the reduction of the disproportionate impact of school discipline of students of color and students with disabilities, in accordance with COMAR, and that the data is accessible to the public.
- Collaborate across issue areas to address social determinants of public health.
- Address gaps in access to care for children who rely on Medicaid for their dental care; work to create a new category of mid-level dental professional in Maryland.
- Assist the Housing Authority of Baltimore City (HABC) and residents of the City’s public housing units to implement the smoke-free regulation.
- Protect children from the harmful effects of second-hand smoke by encouraging HUD to finalize smoke-free housing policies.
- Examine and evaluate the physical activity and healthy eating policies and practices in child care centers in Baltimore neighborhoods with a high concentration of poverty.
Juvenile Justice PolicyRead More
- Advocate for legislation to scale back the charging of youth as adults.
- Work with community and juvenile justice stakeholders to educate state and local agencies, elected officials, business leaders and others about the needs of children and youth in Maryland’s juvenile justice system and promising policies and practices that would meet these needs.
- Contribute to broad grassroots campaign for transformational juvenile justice reform through research, public education, technical assistance and outreach.
Economic SufficiencyRead More
- Federal Budget Updates
- Support the veto override of the Earned Sick and Safe Leave Act.
- Advocate for higher funding for Maryland Meals for Achievement, alternative breakfast programs and meals for after school programming.