Thriving, connected families are key to vibrant communities, the Downtown Baltimore Family Alliance fosters and promotes family life in Baltimore’s city Center.
Our Mission Propelled by the belief that thriving, connected families are key to vibrant communities, the Downtown Baltimore Family Alliance fosters and promotes family life in Baltimore's city center. As an independent, nonprofit alliance, we partner with local government, business, and nonprofit organizations to develop family-wise programs and policies, including initiatives for strong public schools and early childhood programs, enhanced public safety and environmental quality, and expanded recreational and cultural opportunities. We further endeavor to cultivate community by connecting families with one another and with the resources to take full advantage of life in downtown Baltimore.
Why DBFA matters “…residential growth is the single most important factor in downtown’s evolution.” Downtown Partnership of Baltimore Mayor Rawlings-Blake’s focus on revitalizing the downtown core Cities that are able to attract a population of middle-income families fare much better economically than those that do not.1 1. WSJ, Nov ‘07
DBFA facts Founded in 2008 by local parent Far reaching presence: www.dbfam.org(XX average monthly views) www.dbfamblog.org(average of 1500 unique visits and 3900 views per month) Facebook: 500+ likes Twitter: Neighborhood Listservs Areas of Focus: Advocacy Connection Resources
DBFA Facts 600 members and growing Geographic Area Breakdown: Southeast Baltimore: 42% South Baltimore Peninsula: 44% Central Downtown: 8% Southwest Baltimore: 6% Family Profile: One-child (55%), two children (39%), three children (5%) Ages of children: 0-2 yrs (77%); 3-4 yrs (33%); 5-6 yrs (18%); 7+ years (8%)
Organizes the annual School and Children’s Programming Fair to inform downtown parents about local schooling and extracurricular options and to assist schools in their marketing efforts
DBFA promotes public schools and informs parents
DBFA promotes public schools and informs parents Dr. Andres Alonso, CEO of Baltimore City Public Schools at a DBFA “Town Hall” Meeting
DBFA promotes public schools and informs parents Publishes DBFA’s Blog Series “school days”
DBFA advocates for excellent education Active member in the Baltimore Education Coalition, successfully supporting full funding to Baltimore City Public Schools Local student holds DBFA poster at BEC Rally in Annapolis
Facilitated and scripted the South Baltimore Middle School Proposal at the request of Dr. Alonso
DBFA advocates for excellent education
DBFA provides resources for downtown schools Fiscal Agent and facilitator for DBFA-Goldseker Matching Grant Pilot Program
DBFA fosters community development in downtown Baltimore
Organizes quarterly New and Expectant Parent Socials to connect beginning city families with one another DBFA fosters community development in downtown Baltimore
Engages downtown parents in community efforts and events DBFA fosters community development in downtown Baltimore
Facilitates and promotes LOCAL children’s programming DBFA fosters community development in downtown Baltimore
The resource for families in the city DBFA’s Website, Blog, Facebook presence www.dbfam.orgwww.dbfamblog.org www.facebook.com/downtownbaltimorefamilyalliance
The resource for families in the city Parents listening to the “Sleep Lady”, Kim West at a FREE parenting seminar, hosted by DBFA
The resource for families in the city Parents bonding with their infants at DBFA & JCC hosted “Hello Baby!” classes.
DBFA works to preserve Baltimore’s urban green space Watercolor rendition of the future Pierce’s park on Pier V.
DBFA’s walkability initiative DBFA works to preserve Baltimore’s urban green space
DBFA works to preserve Baltimore’s urban green space
recap Advocacy Connectedness Resources
What’s next? Increased marketing of Baltimore City Public Schools through greater attendance and reach of Annual School and Children’s Programming Fair and Dr. Alonso “town hall” Staffing to ensure sustainability of on-line marketing, leadership and coordination of volunteer efforts Significant year-to-year sponsorship of high-quality FREE public events and parenting seminars
When families stay in the City… Schools are improved for ALL students Crime is reduced Growth in business opportunities Increased property values (and Baltimore City’s tax base) ROBUST NEIGHBORHOODS, VIBRANT COMMUNITIES